First generation American; born in USA to Chinese immigrants

Professor Emerita at University of California

  • Chinese-American
  • contributed towards the feminist movement

anti-war (was arrested for protesting against the Iraq War) studied gender

Inspired By Virginia Woolf (especially Orlando), Walt Whitman


Shirley Geok lin Lim said of Kingston’s work “representations of patriarchal, abusive Chinese history were playing to a desire to look at Asians as an inferior spectacle”

Playwright and novelist Frank Chin has severely criticized Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, stating that Kingston deliberately tarnished the authenticity of Chinese tradition by altering traditional stories and myths to appeal to white sensitivities

No Name Woman