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Article http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.02.002

The Woman Warrior: Interpreting Chinese American Literature from the Perspective of Cultural Identity

Xinyan Cai

Foreign Languages and Literatures, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

*Corresponding author: Xinyan Cai

Published: February 15,2023

Abstract

Maxine Hong Kingston’s novel, the Woman Warrior, attracted plentiful critics from the perspective of cultural identity. However, so far researches on The Woman Warrior using identity theory have failed to focus on the dynamic interaction between the author and the text, but center on the characters’ construction of cultural identity. This paper aims to decipher how the text manifests the author’s struggle between distinct cultural identities, namely Chinese and American, and how the author constructs her identity through the process of writing. The technique employed by this paper is mainly close-reading with the aid of identity theories. The results showed that Kingston intentionally identifies herself with Americans, while being unconsciously bound up with Chinese culture. Additionally, accusations towards her such as “Orientalist” is improper. This research is also valuable for later studies on the mindset of contemporary people who are in the face of diverse cultures.

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How to cite this paper

The Woman Warrior: Interpreting Chinese American Literature from the Perspective of Cultural Identity

How to cite this paper: Xinyan Cai. (2023) The Woman Warrior: Interpreting Chinese American Literature from the Perspective of Cultural Identity. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science7(2), 240-243.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.02.002