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Encyclopedia > Cynthia Kadohata

Cynthia Kadohata (born 1956 in Chicago Illinois) is a Japanese American writer known for writing coming of age stories about Asian American women. Her first children's book, Kira-Kira, won the 2005 Newbery Award. Her first published short story appeared in The New Yorker in 1986. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 340 km 629 km 4. ... Serving from 1999 to 2003, Army General Eric Shinseki of Hawaii became the first Asian American military chief of staff. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ...

Weedflower, her second children's book, will be published in Spring 2006.

Novels by the author:

  • The Floating World, 1989.
  • In the Heart of the Valley of Love, 1992.
  • Kira-Kira, 2004.

Education: BA in journalism from the University of Southern California; attended graduate programs at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University.

External link

  • Kadohata's homepage

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Cynthia Kadohata Biography (2414 words)
Kadohata took such criticism in stride, claiming she was writing from her own experiences and that her characters could not be expected to represent all Japanese Americans.
Kadohata describes Katie's first taste of discrimination in such vivid and frank detail that it is easy to believe that she is writing from first-hand experience.
Cynthia Kadohata's father was interned in the Poston camp on the Colorado River Indian Reservation in the Sonoran Desert.
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