No name woman maxine hong kingston

Although feet-binding was a socially elite practice that signaled a man's wealth and social position because he could afford for his wives and daughters not to work, the female's feet would become so deformed that the woman no longer could walk without being physically supported by servants.

The villagers are watchful.

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Tong, another Asian American writer, stated that this mistranslation was done deliberately to "suit white tastes so that her book would sell better. Some man had commanded her to lie with him and be his secret evil. Moon Orchid spends the summer in Brave Orchid's house. However, Kingston would like to think — perhaps she finds it emotionally necessary to believe — that Brave Orchid fabricated many of the story's details according to the emphasis that she intended to impress on Kingston.

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Ironically, the aunt's and her child's fates are almost whimsically determined by the time in which this story takes place; Kingston surmises, "If my aunt had betrayed the family at a time of large grain yields and peace, when many boys were born, and wings were being built on many houses, perhaps she might have escaped such severe punishment.

Because Kingston's aunt had an adulterous affair and, even worse, probably produced a female child from the sexual union, she threatened what Kingston terms the "roundness" — the harmony and the wholeness — of her family and the larger community.

Improper actions, such as No Name Woman's, were considered a breach of this code and could lead to severe consequences, including death. The narrator and her generation, by contrast, were first-generation Chinese-Americans. To her American sensibilities, the stories are confusing because they are based on a Chinese context.

Kingston's version of Brave Orchid's original talk-story emphasizes how a dutifully submissive woman is victimized by a man's abusive manipulation of a gender-based social code.

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Kingston seems to be a very talented author. Professor Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong stated that Kingston's "Orientalist effect" is the result of Kingston's failure to commensurately critique the patriarchal values or institutional racism of Western society, resulting in a lopsided and biased commentary regarding Chinese culture. Kingston's aunt is doubly punished by witnessing her family's being made to suffer. A ghost can be a disembodied spirit, an outcast, a non-Chinese person, or the memory of a person who died. The first of these is silence. Kingston writes about other eccentric stories. John Wayne American actor known for his ruggedness as a self-styled individualist in Western films. Because Kingston cannot ask about her unnamed aunt—who is referred to only as "No-Name Woman"—she invents her own fantasies about why her aunt gave in to her forbidden passions. Genre[ edit ] The specific genre of The Woman Warrior has been disputed due to Kingston's blend of perspectives, specifically traditional Chinese folktale and memoir. Kingston knows that her mother is concerned that she not have premarital sex because her mother directly states that that is the reason for telling the story. However, Kingston would like to think — perhaps she finds it emotionally necessary to believe — that Brave Orchid fabricated many of the story's details according to the emphasis that she intended to impress on Kingston. Ironically, although at the time she probably would not have recognized it, nor perhaps have wanted to, Kingston's rewriting her mother's talk-story as her own indicates an important element in her reconciling her Chinese past and her American present: She learns to talk-story by having listened to her mother. Don't humiliate us. Sons were venerated because they could pass on the family name, thereby ensuring a family's stability and longevity; in contrast, daughters, who were given away by their parents at marriage, primarily functioned only as bearers of sons for their husbands' families.

In one sense the aunt is a powerless character, so powerless that she is given no name and no right to have existed. The first of these is silence. This is presumably because the book, while grounded in truth, does not maintain a clear boundary between reality and fantasy.

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And sure enough she cursed the year, the family, the village, and herself. Ironically, the aunt's and her child's fates are almost whimsically determined by the time in which this story takes place; Kingston surmises, "If my aunt had betrayed the family at a time of large grain yields and peace, when many boys were born, and wings were being built on many houses, perhaps she might have escaped such severe punishment. In the end, Kingston decides that she and Fa Mu Lan are similar. Bali an Indonesian island, approximately miles southeast of Vietnam, and directly east of Java; during the early-twentieth century, Chinese emigrants on Bali probably worked mainly for Dutch-owned private plantations. She tells the story of the No Name Woman, her husband's deceased sister. In this way, a continuity is established between her mother, who represents the cultural traditions of China, and herself as a first-generation Chinese American. Some time later, she noticed that her sister-in-law was pregnant. Buy Study Guide The book is a collection of Maxine Hong Kingston's memoirs, so it is technically a work of nonfiction. With this mixture, Kingston tries to provide her audience with the cultural, familial, and personal context needed to understand her unique position as a first-generation Chinese-American woman. Because Kingston cannot ask about her unnamed aunt—who is referred to only as "No-Name Woman"—she invents her own fantasies about why her aunt gave in to her forbidden passions. Even more important in this ritual of how No Name Woman pulls out any loose hairs is the complex knot that she uses, which Kingston describes as "a pair of shadow geese biting.
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