The aim of this thesis is to investigate and identify narrative patterns in storytelling originating from Chinese oral traditions. Two levels of storytelling have been looked into: the narrative and the content level. In order to answer the question whether there are similar patterns to be found in different novels, one a memoir and two fictional novels, the works of three contemporary Chinese American woman writers, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan and Fae Myenne Ng, have been analyzed. The first part of the thesis gives a short outline of Chinese history and the concept of storytelling itself. Furthermore, in this chapter the reasons for Chinese migration and an introduction to Chinese writing in America are presented. The analysis part has been divided into three main chapters, dealing with the three novels mentioned above. Firstly, Kingston?s The Woman Warrior, where certain patterns such as the "talk-story" are identified, has been analyzed. Tan?s The Joy Luck Club, the second novel investigated, does show parallels to Kingston?s work, which has been a frequently discussed topic in the literary world. Nevertheless, there are differences and additions which shall be pointed out and discussed. Finally, Ng?s Bone has been analyzed in order to find the same patterns as in the other two novels regarding content as well as structure. In conclusion, the thesis intends to show that storytelling works in the same way in Kingston?s memoir, and Tan?s and Ng?s fictions novels. It empowers the characters for self-definition, resolves the mother-daughter conflict and helps preserve culture. On the content level, it can be stated that as well in the memoir as in the fictional works, storytelling suits the same purpose: the characters and - it is assumed - also the authors create their identity through telling stories.