Maxine Hong Kingston opens The Woman Warrior with a story told to her. As we quickly see, this opening sets the tone for the rest of the memoirs, which are largely Kingston's versions of stories told to her. We begin to see how Kingston's sense of self identity is blurred by fantasy. Through her stories we see that reality is always contingent upon how supposed facts are interpreted. It becomes interesting on a meta-narrative level that Kingston the author is writing these stories in a book to publish for the public; what is she trying to share through writing?
Whether or not the events in The Woman Warrior are based in truth, Kingston's book is a collection of memoirs that pushes the boundaries of autobiography by incorporating fantasy.
Rather than representing her life, The Woman Warrior produces a life story for Maxine Hong Kingston.