The narrative of Moon Orchid and Brave Orchid's trip to Los Angeles is told in a fairly vivid manner, but one wonders how Kingston, if she was not there herself, knows so many of the details.
The swordswoman and I are not so dissimilar.
She was the third of eight children and the eldest of the six children born in the United States. For example, Brave Orchid tells Maxine of a helpful slave girl she bought in China for only fifty American dollars, and she complains that she had to pay two hundred American dollars to the hospital for the birth of Maxine.
Each chapter focuses on a woman that affects Kingston's life, and in most cases depicts how that woman relates to the male-dominated society around her.
Influences[ edit ] In an interview published in American Literary History, Kingston disclosed her admiration for Walt WhitmanVirginia Woolfand William Carlos Williamswho were inspirational influences for her work, shaping her analysis of gender studies.
Memoir of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, in Customarily, a wealthy Chinese man in China was married simultaneously to more than one woman. What scenes I could make. To make my waking life American-normal, I turn on the lights before anything untoward makes an appearance.
For example, when Brave Orchid complains that her son in Vietnam is careless and "not normal," her niece defends him and his siblings. Kingston admits that one of the ways she works to bring these two together is to speak Chinese while writing or typing in English.
He "sticks erasers in his ears, and the erasers are still attached to the pencil stubs. Moon Orchid is institutionalized in an asylum and soon thereafter she dies. On the way to Los Angeles, Brave Orchid narrates a talk-story about an emperor with four wives, from which this chapter gets its ironic title.
Brave Orchid acts as the mediator between the two, attempting to harmoniously balance the two poles—just as Maxine must learn to do. As a little girl, Kingston feels haunted by the images or ghosts of little Chinese girls whose parents left them to die because they wanted sons instead.
Writer Jeffery Paul Chan criticized Kingston for posing the book as non-fiction despite the many fictional elements of its stories. Indeed, Kingston feels as different from her American classmates as she does from her own relatives.
Hang up quickly before they trace you. Like the other chapters, "In the Western Palace" is a story of culture clash between old world, as represented by Moon Orchid and Brave Orchid, and new world, as embodied in Brave Orchid's children and Moon Orchid's doctor husband.
The running commentary that Moon Orchid provides as she follows them about the house emphasizes just how Americanized Kingston and her siblings are. One day, she finds herself alone with the girl in the lavatory. Part of the power of "In the Western Palace" comes from its blending of humor and sorrow.
As a whole, however, the Chinese emigrants are so guarded of their community that they keep silent about anything that could disrupt it. Design and Truth in Autobiography.
Kingston reverts to talking about her life in America and compares it to the story of Fa Mu Lan. Much of the memoir is about the attempt to sort out the difference between what is Chinese and what is peculiar to her family, what is real and what is just "the movies.
I push the deformed into my dreams, which are in Chinese, the language of impossible stories. Groundwork for a Taxonomy of Textual Categories. How does Kingston integrate comedy and seriousness into her text?
Brave Orchid represents frugality and tradition; Moon Orchid is frivolous, extravagant, and ephemeral.
Do you agree with Kingston's position? She cannot gather the courage to speak up against her racist boss, let alone save her people in China.Kingston was born Maxine Ting Ting Hong on October 27,in Stockton, California, to first-generation Chinese immigrants, Tom and Ying Lan Hong.
She was the third of eight children and the eldest of the six children born in the United States. Kingston, who in "Shaman" narrated the personal talk-story of her mother, Brave Orchid, now relates the failed assimilation into American culture of Brave Orchid's younger sister, Moon Orchid, whose inability to adapt to a new, American way of life destines her first to insanity and then to death.
The first-person narration of Kingston is her own American voice, the second-person is that of the Chinese talk-story, and the third-person (which only appears in "At the Western Palace") is a mixture; a talk-story transposed from Kingston's Chinese parents to her American siblings, and finally back to Kingston herself.
"The Woman Warrior" by Maxine Hong Kingston, "At the Western Palace" February 22, Kingston shows how her obliviousness to Chinese customs creates conflicts with her mother, and her mother's obliviousness to American customs creates conflicts for her.
grimace. By Maxine Hong Kingston: Carol Fevola: Lesson Plan Four. Main activity: Read chapter 4 "At the Western Palace" Students should also complete the worksheet for the chapter.
Questions for discussion: Where is the Western Palace? Why does Kingston call it this? Explain the differences between the Chinese and American behaviors.
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is a book written by Chinese American author Maxine Hong Kingston and published by Alfred A. Knopf in The book blends autobiography with what Kingston purports to be old Chinese folktales, although several scholars have questioned the accuracy and authenticity of these joeshammas.com: Maxine Hong Kingston.Download