Though madness is not as blatant a theme in The Woman Warrior as, say, women and femininity, Kingston seems to have a fascination with people who are considered mentally unstable. Significantly, these people are almost exclusively women (Moon Orchid most notably, or the dancing woman by the river). So what's going on with that? We bet that Kingston isn't saying that women are more likely to suffer from mental illnesses. Rather, Kingston seems to be reconsidering what it means to be insane. Isn't insanity just a term for thinking of reality in unconventional ways?
The "insane" ladies in The Woman Warrior are only deemed insane because they act differently than how others wish they would.
Kingston complicates the affect towards "crazy" by suggesting that "crazy" people often create happier realities for themselves.