Maxine Hong Kingston (born October 27, 1940) is a Chinese American author and Professor Emerita 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.

She has contributed to the feminist movement with such works as her memoir The Woman Warrior, which discusses gender and ethnicity and how these concepts affect the lives of women. Kingston has received several awards for her contributions to Chinese American Literature including the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1981 for China Men.


Maxine Hong Kingston Poems

Maxine Hong Kingston Quotes

The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear to be favored by the gods.
Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), Chinese-American author. The Woman Warrior, ch. 3 (1976). Explaining her mother's reluctance, when she was a student in a women's medical college in China, to let her classmates know how hard she studied to earn her superior grades.
No husband of mine will say, "I could have been a drummer, but I had to think about the wife and kids. You know how it is." Nobody supports me at the expense of his own adventure.
Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), U.S. author. The Woman Warrior, ch. 2 (1976).
The idioms for revenge are "report a crime" and "report to five families." The reporting is the vengeance—not the beheading, not the gutting, but the words.
Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), Chinese-American author. The Woman Warrior, ch. 2 (1976). Describing a traditional Chinese attitude.

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