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Ava Chin on The Woman Warrior

Ava Chin on The Woman Warrior

  1. What is the historical context Ava Chin talks about, when this book was published?
  2. “A book without a genre,” says Ava Chin talking about The Woman Warrior: A Girlhood Among Ghosts. What genres are there for books of fiction? Do you think this book is a memoir, fiction, or autobiography? If it’s all of those, how would you describe it to someone else – and how would you market it?
  3. What are the different aspects Ava Chin talks about that explain why The Woman Warrior was revolutionary?
  4. What is the structure of the book?
  5. In the conversation, they comment on three parts of the book. Can you select one of the aspects that most caught your attention from the parts they discuss?
  6. What is the correlation between the girl who refused to speak in the final part of the book and the protagonist? And what does that moment says about the cost of having a voice?
  7. What connection can we make about the historical Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 with The Woman Warrior?
  8. Does the podcast make you more/less/equally interested in reading this book?