• 2011 Civic Discourse Series Presents "Immigrants in America"

A talk with Chinese-American authors Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen

Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen: A Dialogue on Immigration
Moderated by James Carroll

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University
55 Temple Street
Boston, MA 02114

The 2011 Civic Discourse series, "Immigrants in America," kicks off with a conversation between distinguished award-winning Chinese-American authors Maxine Hong Kingston and Gish Jen. The discussion will touch upon the unique problems and challenges of being second-generation immigrants, and how family, language, identity and self-esteem, and discrimination may have influenced their outlooks as writers in America. The talk will be moderated by Suffolk University Scholar-in-Residence James Carroll.

Maxine Hong Kingston is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley, and has contributed to the feminist movement with such works as her The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts.

Gish Jen is acclaimed for her short stories including "Birthmates," and her four novels: Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife, and World and Town.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve your space.

Maxine Hong Kingston will also be at Suffolk University's Modern Theatre on Friday, February 10 for the New England launch of her new book of poems and personal essays, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. Click here for event details.


This event is sponsored by the Boston Athenaeum and Suffolk University College of Arts and Sciences.

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