Moyers’s Interviewing Maxine Got Me Thinking About My Mom

While looking for examples to show my clients how to find transcripts archived on websites, I came upon:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/05252007/profile.html

Thank you, Mr. Bill Moyers, and everyone at The Journal and PB

S for interviewing Ms. Maxine Hong Kingston on May 25, 2007 and making the transcript and video available on that site. Thanks for reading excerpts from Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace with Maxine. Each story/poem written by the veteran or loved one of a veteran carried much compassion.  The book–what a magnificent gift from Maxine and the courageous men and women who transformed their suffering into what I call “word energy.”

The interview and the excerpts got me thinking about my mom who was an orphan in China during WWII. She never talked about her experiences; at times a word would slip out, but, she would stop herself. She died in 2000 and I would like to believe that she’s watching over me, encouraging me to write for people who cannot speak for themselves.

Maxine had inspired me to write my first book when in 1990 I read Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. http://www.redroom.com/author/maxine-hong-kingston has other videos on Maxine and her work. Thanks again for the May 25, 2007 program.

Sincerely,
Teresa LeYung Ryan, author, writing-career coach
http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com
https://writingcoachteresa.wordpress.com/

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