Maxine was a daughter to an illegal Chinese immigrant into the US. This status made her compile several novels, most of which discussed mainly her life in the United States. This provided her with a good environment to express her opinion on the United States. One of her works that received many criticisms in the Chinese world is “The woman warrior: Memoirs of Girlhood among Ghosts.” In the book, she talks of a No Name woman who is poised by Chinese culture. The book, when analyzed well, reveals Maxine’s view on America as a civilized society where culture does not interfere with or control individual’s freedom.
In most of her other novels, for instance, in the Book Tripmaster Monkey, she mainly majors in the use of juxtaposition and symbolism to make side-by-side comparison between the two societies; America and China. Her main point, while comparing the two societies, is mainly based on the cultural differences and their effects to the parties involved. Her fellow Chinese Americans in the US sees the book as a disrespect and negative exposure of the Chinese culture to the outside world. In another article, such as the fifth book of peace, she ironically states that writing about peace has become extremely difficult. Summing up all her works of art, she is a woman who loves the American culture and sees it less oppressing, and democratic than the Chinese culture that is full of gender and religious discrimination. ...Show more