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Maxine Hong Kingston was born October 27th, 1940 in Stockton, California. She was one of the leading contemporary Chinese American writers. She is the first American born child of 6 in her family. She grew up in Stockton's Chinatown.Growing up, Kingston never felt like her parents really pushed her to do well in academics, because in conservative Chinese culture, women didn't typically have a career outside of the house (Britannica). Her negative childhood memories are reflected throughout the book. Her bitterness towards her parents and Chinese and American culture is shown through her writing and experiences. Nonetheless, she excelled in her high school studies, which won her a scholarship to attend University of California at Berkley. She graduated in 1962 with a bachelor's degree, and married her husband, Earll Kingston in the same year.(Britannica)

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among the Ghosts was her first book, and won the National Books Critics Circle Award in 1976 (Bio). Today, it is still her best known work. After the completion of The Woman Warrior Kingston felt her work was only half done, and she later wrote the second part, China Men. It was released in 1980, and won the American Book Award the next year (Bio). In the same year, she became a Guggenheim Fellow (Bio).

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"Maxine Hong Kingston." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 09 Jan. 2013. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/318754/Maxine-Hong-Kingston>.

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