The White House has announced that best selling author Maxine Hong Kingston will be among those Americans honored by President Obama with a National Medal of Arts.
Hong Kingston will be awarded the medal July 28 in the East Room of the White House “for her contributions as a writer. Her novels and non-fiction have examined how the past influences our present, and her voice has strengthened our understanding of Asian American identity, helping shape our national conversation about culture, gender, and race,” according to a White House statement.
She is best known for her memoir The Women Warrior. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and art patrons from the US government to people “deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States.”
Also being honored are Billie Tsien and Tod Williams. The two architects have been teamed up since 1986 and focus on designing museums, schools and other works for non-profits. Their use of light, texture and detail in their building add to the experience. Among their designs is the Phoenix Art Museum (pictured).