By Dennis Abrams
Because the e-book of her first publication, the lady Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood between Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston has been a presence at the literary scene. With a mixture of autobiography, fiction, and chinese language myths and legends, Kingston's paintings displays her cultural background and upbringing.
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Every morning he would be up from his chair and waiting at the front door for it to be delivered. Once it arrived, he would stretch out the reading experience as long as possible: Putting on his gold-rimmed glasses and assembling his smoking equipment, he would read every part of the paper, including the date on each page, the page numbers, even the want ads. Eventually, though, he pulled himself out of his depression, getting out of his chair to chase his misbehaving children. ) Once out of his chair, he did not return, and given the chance to buy a new business from a friend, he jumped at the opportunity.
So to help maintain her “Chinaness,” Maxine also attended the Chung Wah Chinese School for American Children every day after school from five o’clock until eight o’clock and from nine o’clock on Sundays. There, students were taught how to write and speak Chinese. She attended Chung Wah for seven years but had mixed feelings about the experience, as she said in a lecture at the University of California, Santa Cruz: The education is very archaic in that the method is the same as in classical times, which is to memorize.
I was more interested in the hoboes than the products. 39 40 Maxine Hong Kingston Soon enough, though, she began to get the hang of writing essays. Indeed, she became so good at it that, when she was just 15 years old, her essay “I Am an American” was published in American Girl, the magazine of the Girl Scouts of America. Not only was her essay published, but she won a $5 prize as well. In the essay, we can see some of the ideas and themes that Kingston has used throughout her career—namely, asserting the value of being Chinese, as well as using the idea that one can be Chinese and a “good American” at the same time.