Young Chinese American Wittman Ah Sing, a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and student of the 1960s, is an absolutely extraordinary fictional creation. He’s skinny, hip, six feet tall, an unstoppable playwright, a poet, a genius, and a nut. A fifth-generation Californian, he feels alien to both his Chinese heritage and the American culture that stereotypes him and others of his race.
Maxine gives an overview of the book:
Maxine Hong Kingston was born on October 27th, 1940, in Stockton, California. She was the first of six American-born children; her parents, Tom and Ying Lan Hong, had had two children in China before they came to America. Her mother trained as a midwife in To Keung School of...