One of the really awesome things about Kingston's story is that it travels through time and space. It's all super relevant to the work that her story does. This floating back and forth between China and America tells us something about how Kingston might feel culturally, being a first-generation Chinese person in the United States. Similar things are going on with time: she goes to Berkeley in the sixties, a pretty liberal time and place, but she references myths that are from ancient China. These places and times are all a part of her, all alive and relevant in her one person and her one story.