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Title:
China men
Author:
Kingston, Maxine Hong.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Vintage international edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 1989.

©1980
Physical Description:
308 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780679723288
Format :
Book

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Status
Central Library E184.C5 K5 1980C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The author chronicles the lives of three generations of Chinese men in America, woven from memory, myth and fact. Here's a storyteller's tale of what they endured in a strange new land.


Author Notes

Born in California to immigrant Chinese parents, Kingston was educated at the University of California at Berkeley. Kingston soared to literary celebrity upon the publication of her autobiographica The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts (1976). The Woman Warrior is dominated by Kingston's mother; her next work, China Men (1980), although not autobiographical in the manner of her previous book, is focused on her father and on the other men in her family, giving fictionalized, poetic versions of their histories. The combination of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and myth in both books create a form of balanced opposites that one critic has likened to yin and yang. Her first novel, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, was published in 1989.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

In a masterful blend of history, biography, and legend, Kingston traces several generations of Chinese males--mostly members of her family--as they struggle to make lives for themselves in America ("The Gold Mountain"). With Kingston's earlier Woman Warrior (Knopf, 1979), this remarkable book remains central to our understanding of the Chinese immigrant experience.


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