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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Literary Style

Foreign Language

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

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Bibliography and Further Reading


"Kadohata, Henkes win Newbery, Caldecott Medals," in American Library Association, www.ala.org (January 17, 2005).

Chiu, Monica, "(Un)Doing the Missionary Position: Gender Asymmetry in Contemporary Asian American Women's Writing ," in Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2, 1998, pp. 407-10.

"Review of Kira-Kira," in The Christian Century, Vol. 121, No. 25, December 14, 2004, p. 24.

Chuh, Kandace, "Masking Selves, Making Subjects: Japanese American Women, Identity and the Body ," in Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1999, pp. 337-39.

Harris, Violet and Others, "Multi...

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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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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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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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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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