Currently alive, at 76 years of age.
1940 – She was born on October 20 of this year in Stockton, California. She was named after a lucky blond gambler who frequented his father’s work.
1962 – She was an extremely bright student; she attends the University of California at Berkeley. She began as engineering major, but she soon switched to English literature. She received her B.A. degree this year. She married Earll Kingston, an actor, and they moved to Hawaii where they both taught for the next ten years.
1965 – She received her teaching certificate this year.
1976 – While she was teaching creative writing at the Mid-Pacific Institute, a private school, she published her first book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of Girlhood among Ghosts.
1980 – Her second book, China Men, published in this year.
1987 – She published a collection of twelve prose selections, Hawaii One Summer. After the success of her first books, she was financially able to give up teaching as an occupation and continued to write.
1988 – Her composition “Trip master Monkey: His Fake Book”, a picaresque novel