This article is about the Maxine Hong Kingston memoir. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is a book written by Chinese American author Maxine Hong Kingston woman warrior shaman pdf published by Alfred A. The book blends autobiography with what Kingston professes are old Chinese folktales.
The Woman Warrior won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of TIME magazine’s top nonfiction books of the 1970s. The specific genre of The Woman Warrior has been disputed due to Kingston’s blend of perspectives, specifically traditional Chinese folktale and memoir. With this mixture, Kingston tries to provide her audience with the cultural, familial, and personal context needed to understand her unique position as a first-generation Chinese-American woman.
Friedman’s assessment of autobiography with regard to women and minority groups explains Kingston’s intricate blend of perspective and genre: women and cultural minorities often don’t have the privilege of viewing themselves as individuals isolated from their gender or racial group. Kingston illustrates this condition through her use of Chinese talk-story, her mother’s traditional Chinese perspective, and her own first-person view as a Chinese American.
The book is divided into five interconnected chapters, which read like short stories. In the first part of this chapter, the narrator is recounting how her mother once told her the story of the No-Name Woman.