We will read The Floating World (1989) by Cynthia Kadohata, listen to the "second generation voices," and try to grasp the hidden message of the work. We will also refer to Kadohata's Weedflower and Kira-Kira.
Cynthia Kadohata, The Floating World (1989) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Regular class attendance and active participation in discussion are required.
Class attendance / oral presentations / term paper
１．Cynthia Kadohata, The Floating World ２．A second-generation Japanese American ３．Born in Chicago, Illinois ４．The wandering Kadohatas ５．Kadohata's own childhood experiences ６．Japanese Internment during World War II ７．Weedflower ８．Inspired by her family's history ９．Kira-Kira 10．Discussion: Kadohata as a Japanese American writer 11．Having two heritages 12．An interview with the author 13．Recent works by Kadohata 14．Kadohata and other Japanese American writers 15．Critical approaches to Japanese American literature
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