LWS looks at, Maxine Hong Kingston, for Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month
Maxine Hong Kingston wrote the influential 1976 book "The Woman Warrior." It blends her personal stories with Chinese folklore, and in its entirety the genre-crossing book explores themes of immigration, gender, and cultural identity.
Kingston's parents were Chinese immigrants who settled in California, where she was born. She later taught high school there before moving to Hawaii, where she began writing. She completed "The Woman Warrior" while in Oahu, and eventually became a professor at University of California, Berkeley. She has continued to publish her work across genres: poetry, essays, and novels that often reflect her cultural heritage and identity.