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Maxine Hong Kingston is a Chinese American author and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962. Kingston has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about the experiences of Chinese immigrants living in the United States. She has contributed to the feminist movement with such works as her memoir The Woman Warrior, which discusses gender and ethnicity and how these concepts affect the lives of women.

Kingston has received several awards for her contributions to Chinese American Literature including the National Book Award in 1981 for her novel China Men. Other awards include: General Nonfiction Award: National Book Critics Circle for The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, 1976; Anisfield-Wolf Race Relations Award, 1978; National Endowment for the Arts Writers Award, 1980; National Book Award for General Nonfiction for China Men, 1981; National Endowment for the Arts Writers Award, 1982'; PEN West Award in fiction for Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book, 1989; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Literary Awards, 2006; Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, 2008