Maxine Hong Kingston

Pairs with the Following AP Lit. Objectives

CHR 1.A characterization details, character’s perspective, character’s motives

SET 2.A  setting

STR 3.A, B plot conflict

STR 3.D contrasts

NAR 4.C use of syntax and diction

NAR 4.D narrator’s reliability;

FIG 5.C symbolism

STR 3.E significant plot events

Social applications: Asian-American, feminism, assimilation

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Maxine Hong Kingston
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Kingston writes of her experiences as a first-generation Chinese American in her unique East-meets-West literary style. She earned a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, where she participated in protests, including the Civil Rights Movement. Kingston has led poetry and meditation workshops for veterans of military conflicts. She has earned numerous awards for her work, including the National Humanities Medal, which honors those whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened citizens’ engagement with literature, history, language, and other humanities subjects.

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