May 11, 1989 |
Standing amid the messy stacks of literature at Dutton's Books, back to the cash register, author Maxine Hong Kingston was facing her readers in Brentwood. She crinkled her eyes at them, smiling as she sized them up. They were men and women, a mix of young hip and middle-aged settled, and most were clutching a newly autographed copy of "Tripmaster Monkey." Many of them, too, were toting Kingston's earlier books, "China Men" and "The Woman Warrior." Some of them sipped champagne from plastic glasses, and all of them were sizing up Kingston, the diminutive storyteller-myth maker-novelist in their midst.
April 23, 1989 |
"Got no money. Got no home. Got story," says Wittman Ah Sing in this fantastic novel by Maxine Hong Kingston. Ah Sing is an unemployed writer who encounters the '60s on a cultural rebound, a Chinese American determined to complete an ancestral Gold Mountain trunk with his wild stories. "I can't die until I fill it with poems and play-acts." He lives in San Francisco as a splendid incarnation of the Monkey King from the popular 16th-Century fiction, "The Journey to the West." Kingston is the author of "The Woman Warrior," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "China Men," winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction.
February 12, 1995 |
'When I think of commitment," says writer Maxine Hong Kingston, "I think of decades." Which is a good thing, because it must have seemed as if it might take that long for "The Woman Warrior"--Deborah Rogin's adaptation of Kingston's award-winning semi-autobiographical books "The Woman Warrior" (1976) and "China Men" (1980)--to reach the stage.
June 24, 1990 |
Last spring, a small circle of writers and scholars eagerly pored over a new book by Maxine Hong Kingston, the best-selling author of "The Woman Warrior" and "China Men." They knew Kingston had wrestled with the manuscript for years. A few even had heard she wrote the book, in part, to defend herself against her longtime literary foe, Frank Chin, a combative writer and the first Asian-American to have his plays staged in New York.
September 11, 2008 |
This year's National Book Awards, taking place in New York on Nov. 19, will include a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Maxine Hong Kingston. The Oakland-based Kingston, whose books include the memoir "The Woman Warrior," was awarded the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival in April. The awards also will recognize Barney Rosset, former publisher of the Evergreen Review and Grove Press, with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.
July 1, 1990
I am sad to learn about the warfare between these two Asian-American literary giants. Ever since they immigrated to America, Asians have not had an equal footing with whites. This situation is even more pronounced in the literary world. Since Frank Chin and Maxine Hong Kingston have achieved success and have won acceptance (as writers), they ought to act as role models for the young Asian-Americans and encourage them to pursue a career in this less popular field among Asians. It is unhealthy for Chin and Kingston to continue bickering.