As a writer, she has been particularly affected by her recollection of the demands made by the two languages in which she was schooled as a child: At this point she realized that she had been falsely identifying with, and attempting to write stories about, the Caucasian characters with whom she was familiar from her reading.
Yamada, Maxine Hong Kingston: In his re-creation of the origin of the nation—telling the story of how it came into being—she perceives a profound connection between his work and her own, especially China Men. New Yorker, November 15, Kingston wrote these stories in various forms, with each successive version revealing her increased maturity and skill as a writer.
In her writing she uses the stories she remembers from her childhood, and her memory helps to filter the important and enduring stories from the less significant: I suppose for decades I kept telling the same stories again and again, but each time I told it I had a better vocabulary and better craft.
Haslam, review of The Literature of California, pp.
In addition, she is forging a place for Chinese American writers in the tradition of American literature. Her fiction is based in this environment. In Kingston published her first book, Woman Warrior: The Kingstons, depressed by the political and social situation of the late s, decided to move to Japan; a stopover in Hawaii lasted for seventeen years.
In The Woman Warrior she relates incidents from her childhood and early life; in China Men she writes about the immigrant history that produced her; and in her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: University of CaliforniaBerkeley, A. If I remember something that someone told me 20 years ago, then the story has lasted in that form for a very long time.
Kingston has described her memory of the first time a poem came to her: Although, in general, Wakeman found China Men praiseworthy, he wrote that "as Kingston herself has admitted, many of the myths she describes are largely her own reconstructions.
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