Kenneth J. Speirs
Darrell H.Y. Lum is a Chinese American writer born on April 2, 1950, in the Alewa Heights area of Honolulu, Hawaii. Lum's grandfather on his father's side was a provincial government official in Canton, China, before being invited to be a Chinese language teacher in Kaimuki, Honolulu. Although he was later forced to become a butcher, among other jobs, because he could not support his family as a teacher, Lum's grandfather maintained a lifelong interest in writing and reading poetry. Lum's father was born in Canton and came to Hawaii at age five or six. His grandmother on his mother's side moved to Hawaii when she was an infant, and married a Chinese rice-mill manager. His mother was the youngest of seven children and was raised in the Waikane Valley. Currently, Lum lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife Mae Amy and their two children, Lisa and Daniel.
After graduating from McKinley High School in 1968, Lum left Hawaii to study engineering at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland. After his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he studied creative writing and graphic design. In May 1972, he received a B.A. in Liberal Studies. He continued his studies at the same university, earning an M.A. in Educational Communications and Technology in 1976. In 1997, Lum was awarded a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of Hawaii at Manoa; his dissertation is entitled “What School You Went? Stories from a Pidgin Culture.” From 1974 to the present he has worked as an academic advisor at the University of Hawaii Student Support Services.
Lum's two short story collections, Sun: Short Stories and Drama (1980) and Pass On, No Pass Back (1990), have both achieved wide readership in Hawaii