Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese American author and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962. Kingston has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United States. Kingston’s writing is often cited for its melodiousness and poetry – its exploration of myth, legend, history and autobiography that combines to create a genre all to its own. She caught the world’s attention with her 1976 book “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among the Ghosts,” an artful blend of memoir and myth about growing up in two worlds as a first-generation Chinese-American in Stockton, Calif. In this lecture, Kingston reads excerpts from her book and discusses her famous creative non-fiction, about Hua Mulan, the woman warrior. Kingston has received several awards for her contributions to Chinese American Literature including the National Book Award in 1981.
Kingston, Maxine Hong, "John Fowles Literary Forum: Maxine Hong Kingston" (2013). Writers on Writing. 2.