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February 25, 1990

In 1990 Bill Moyers talked with Maxine Hong Kingston as part of his WORLD OF IDEAS series. The discussion ranged around topics of history, feminism, culture and her work with Vietnam veterans. You can now watch that conversation online for the first time:

Maxine Hong Kingston on creativity and culture:

A good strong imagination doesn't go off into some wild fantasy of nowhere. It goes to the truth. It also tells a lot about the talk story tradition, thousands of years of people who passed on history, genealogy, skills by speaking it. And they managed to take this across the ocean and to give it to me.
Maxine Hong Kingston on creating peace:

I want to figure out a way for those heroes not to use the means of the gun. We know lots of ways of solving, bringing peace with guns and with stockpiles of weapons. And those means we've figured out. I think it's the task of the writer, the thinker, the visionary to find more means, like the ones that Martin Luther King and Ghandi figured out. They were such pioneers, and yet they only figured out a few.
Watch Part I, transcript, (PDF)
Watch Part II, transcript, (PDF)



References and Reading:
VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE
For nearly fifteen years under Maxine Hong Kingston's guidance, members of the Veterans Writing Group have told, written, and rewritten their stories. Many of the works have been collected in VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE. Read excerpts from the book online.

THE AMERICAN NOVEL: Maxine Hong Kingston
Profile of Maxine Hong Kingston from PBS' 2007 series THE AMERICAN NOVEL. The Web site contains an extensive interactive timeline of works from 1826 to today.

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