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Yuan Shu, Otto Heim, and Kendall Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455775

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.001.0001

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Maxine Hong Kingston’s Transpacific Imagination

Maxine Hong Kingston’s Transpacific Imagination

From the Talk Story of the “No-Name Woman” to the Book of Peace

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(p.172) 8 Maxine Hong Kingston’s Transpacific Imagination
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Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies
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Yuan Shu

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.003.0009

In juxtaposing The Fifth Book of Peace with The Woman Warrior, this essay argues that Kingston has moved away from the narrative role as a native informant and presents a new multicultural United States by inventing a Chinese American epistemology and intervening in US imperialism around the globe. Such a move substantiates Mignolo’s theory of “global decolonial thinking,” a critical process that reclaims non-Western notions of humanity and epistemology.

Keywords:   Native informant, The Fifth Book of Peace, The Woman Warrior, Pacifism, Maxine Hong Kingston, Transpacific imagination

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