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The Woman Warrior As A Perpetuator of Racism

The term “Orientalism” refers to the Western discourse which portrays Asia as its weak, silent and passive opposite. Frank Chin argues that Kingston has internalized the stereotypical image of the Chinese American as the exotic and inscrutable Other, and through writing ‘The Woman Warrior‘, “she only perpetuates the very racism she purports to challenge” (Chun 89). The authenticity of Chinese culture is at stake, and Kingston, because of her fantastic representation of Chinese-American life, is seen as fake.

Write an essay contesting this reading of the novel. You might want to start by discussing the positionality of the narrator: her bicultural background, her challenge of the premise that an autobiography should contain only facts, etc.

This essay referred to “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Kingston
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