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Maxine Hong Kingston
Chinese American authorwd:Q19330
genre: novel, essay
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English, English
educated at: University of California, Berkeley, Edison High School
occupation: professor, writer, novelist
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Award, National Humanities Medal, National Medal of Arts, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Dos Passos Prize, honorary doctor of Brandeis University, National Book Critics Circle Award, Asian American Literary Awards, Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters
Maxine Hong Kingston (Chinese: 湯亭亭; born Maxine Ting Ting Hong; October 27, 1940) is an American novelist. She is a 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 Americans.
Kingston 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. She has received several awards for her contributions to Chinese American literature, including the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1981 for China Men.Kingston has received significant criticism for reinforcing racist stereotypes in her work and for fictionalizing traditional Chinese stories in order to appeal to Western perceptions of Chinese people. She has also garnered criticism from female Asian scholars for her "over-exaggeration of Asian American female oppression".
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