Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maxine Hong Kinston Honored for Immigrant Tale

The National Book Foundation will honor Maxine Hong Kingston with the 2008 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters on Nov. 19th.

"Hong Kingston won an NBA in 1981, in the general nonfiction category, for her interwoved tale of Chinese immigrants in America, China Men. According to the National Book Foundation, Hong Kingston "has employed a range of literary styles and stories in her work to create a startling new approach to immigrant memoir and fiction and influence two generations of American writers.""


I think it's so crucial to have multicultural literature in our lives, especially stories of immigrants that transcend race & time and speak to universal experiences of all displaced people.


  1. Hello,
    found your site via Bookblogger Appreciation Week,chose yours among the dozens because of your name! Very cool. And I absolutely agree, multi-culti books = fab. Personally, I like it best when characters of different backgrounds just happen to be in the same book, witthout the story having to be about the differences/relationships between the groups.


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