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Memoirist Maxine Hong Kingston on Her First Novel

Kingston's new book, Tripmaster Monkey, is about a fifth-generation Chinese American man in the 1960s, who tries to find a balance between his two cultures. She joins Fresh Air to talk about her life as a first-generation immigrant, her relationship with her mother, and how she developed her voice as a storyteller.

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Other segments from the episode on April 25, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 25, 1989: Interview with Maxine Hong Kingston; Commentary on Irma Thomas; Interview with Bob Balaban; Review of Simon Schama's book "Citizens."

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