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Fulfillment and Denial of the American Dream
Wednesday, February 6, 1985

Author of two nationally acclaimed books Maxine Hong Kingston reveals the personal pain involved in the transition from Chinese to American culture. When her first book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, came out in 1976, Harpers magazine praised Kingston for "tough, intelligent, eloquent writing about a fascinating collision of cultures." Woman Warrior tells the story of a young Chinese-American woman torn between a repressive ancestry and her need to assimilate into a less repressive but still prejudiced society. Rather than create a bitter expose of each culture's injustice, Kingston uses dreams and memory, myth and desire to explain the necessity of her choice.

Five years later, Kingston uses her Faulkneresc artistry to illuminate the pain of her forefathers who labored to help build America and a new life for themselves. China Men (1980) and Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1976) speak to us about the fulfillment and denial of the American Dream. Maxine Hong Kingston, who rarely makes public appearances, will share with us the details of the creative process as well as the motivation behind her works on Wednesday, February 6. There will be a reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and the program immediately following. Please do not miss this opportunity to speak with one of contemporary America's up and coming authors.