Maxine Hong Kingston


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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.

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  • ''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 stude...
  • ''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.
  • ''The Revolution put an end to prostitution by giving women what they wanted: a job and a room of their own.''
    Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), Chinese-American author. The Woman Warrior, ch. 3 (1976).
  • ...I've learned exactly who the enemy are. I easily recognize them—business-suited in their modern American executive guise, each boss two feet taller than I am and impossible to meet eye to eye....
    Maxine Hong Kingston (b. 1940), Chinese-American author. The Woman Warrior, ch. 2 (1976). Kingston grew up in California, the daughter of storytel...
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