Why I Write: To Change the World

Maxine Hong Kingston shares a few words on her purpose in writing.

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To show my feelings and thoughts
To understand and to be understood
To record all that happens
To put everything into words
To change the world, to be peaceful
To end war
To make each one who reads me be a better—enlightened—person
To be immortal, like Shakespeare•

This article appears in the Fall 2021 issue of Alta Journal.
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Maxine Hong Kingston is the author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, and The Fifth Book of Peace, among other works.
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