Discuss and interpret the subtitle of the book: "Memories of a girlhood among ghosts." Who are the ghosts, and what do they represent?

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The main title of this memoir by Maxine Hong Kingston, Woman Warrior, evokes the image of a strong young girl -- like the one in the legend Kingston tells -- who can be both warrior and lover, mother and daughter. The childhood Kingston evokes in her unique memoir is all about being Chinese-American and trying to reconcile all of those roles.

The subtitle, Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts , refers to many kinds of ghosts evoked in the book. The ghosts can refer directly to the ancestors that play such a vital role in the spiritual/relgious...

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