Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese-American writer of fiction and non-fiction. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
maxinehongkingston - 3 days ago
BOOKWOMEN SPEAK: The Women’s National Book Association Centennial Visionaries Series
The Woman Warrior in All of Us: Maxine Hong Kingston in Conversation with Vanessa Hua
January 7, 2017
Women’s Building, Andre Lorde Room
3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA
maxinehongkingston - one month ago
Please join us in wishing Maxine Hong Kingston a happy birthday today
"Waiting at the gate for our father to come home from work, my brothers and sisters and I saw a man come hastening around the corner. Father! 'BaBa!' 'BaBa!' We flew off the gate; we jumped off the fence. 'BaBa!' We surrounded him, took his hands, pressed our noses against his coat to sniff his tobacco smell, reached into his pockets for the Rainbo notepads and the gold coins that were really chocolates. The littlest ones hugged his legs for a ride on his shoes. And he laughed a startled laugh. 'But I'm not your father. You've made a mistake.' He took our hands out of his pockets. 'But I'm not your father.' Looking closely, we saw that he probably was not. We went back inside the yard, and this man continued his walk down our street, from the back certainly looking like our father, one hand in his pocket."
―from CHINA MEN
(Posted by the author's publisher)
Please join us in wishing Maxine Hong Kingston a happy birthday today. Maxine Ting Ting Hong was born in Stockton, California on this day in 1940.
“I regret always writing, writing. I gave
my kid the whole plastic bag of marshmallows,
so i could have 20 minutes to write.
I sat at my mother's deathbed, writing.
I did swab her mouth with water, and feel
her pliant tongue enjoy water, then harden
and die. Before I had language,
before I had stories, I wanted to write.
That desire is going away.
I've said what I have to say.
I'll stop and look at things I called
distractions. Become a reader of the world,
no more writer of it.”
―from I LOVE A BROAD MARGIN TO MY LIFE
In her singular voice—both humble and brave, touching and humorous—Maxine Hong Kingston gives us a poignant and beautiful memoir-in-verse that captures the wisdom that comes with age. As she reflects on her sixty-five years, she circles from present to past and back, from lunch with a writer friend to the funeral of a Vietnam veteran, from her long marriage to her arrest at a peace march in Washington. On her journeys as writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, she revisits her most beloved characters—Wittman Ah-Sing, the Tripmaster Monkey, and Fa Mook Lan, the Woman Warrior—and presents us with a beautiful meditation on China then and now. The result is a marvelous account of an American life of great purpose and joy, and the tonic wisdom of a writer we have come to cherish. READ more here: http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/93014/i-love-a-broad-margin-to-my-life/
(Posted by the author's publisher)
“His Good list outstripped the Evil list; Good may always preponderate in this method of reckoning.”
--from CHINA MEN
maxinehongkingston - 2 months ago
“'The difference between mad people and sane people,' Brave Orchid explained to the children, 'is that sane people have variety when they talk-story. Mad people have only one story that they talk over and over'.”
――from THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE
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