Historical Context

Post-World War II American and Japanese Society

The United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed...

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Kira-Kira Literary Style

Foreign Language

Beginning with the title of the novel, Japanese words and their English translations appear...

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Kira-Kira Topics for Further Study

  • Research the U.S. labor movement in the twentieth century. What segments of the population joined unions? Did some ethnic groups...

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Kira-Kira Media Adaptations

  • Kira-Kira was released in an unabridged version on audio CD by Listening Library in 2005. It is narrated by Elaina Erika...

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Kira-Kira What Do I Read Next?

  • Sherry Garland's Shadow of the Dragon (1993) is the story of Danny Vo, a high school sophomore trying to resolve the conflict...

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Kira-Kira Bibliography and Further Reading


"Kadohata, Henkes win Newbery, Caldecott Medals," in American Library Association,

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Kira-Kira Bibliography

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Cynthia Kadohata’s homepage. http://www.kira-kira.us.

Park, You-Me, and Gayle Wald. “Native Daughters in the Promised Land: Gender, Race, and the Question of Separate Spheres.” In No More Separate Spheres!, edited by Cathy N. Davidson and Jessaym Hatcher. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.

Sarkar, Sheila. “Cynthia Kadohata and David Wong Louie: The Pangs of a Floating World.” Hitting Critical Mass: A Journal of Asian American Cultural Criticism 2, no. 1 (Winter, 1994): 79-97.

See, Lisa. “Cynthia Kadohata.” Publishers Weekly 239, no. 35 (August 3, 1992):...

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