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    "body": "<html><body><br/>\n<div class=\"floatright\"></div>\n<div class=\"rgonly\">\n<!--\"rgdatabox-CoreDisplay\" removed-->\n<div id=\"rgdatabox-Core\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>RGMediaType:books;\nTitle:The Floating World;\nCreators:;\nInterestLevel:Grades 9-12; Adult;\nReadingLevel:;\nGuidedReadingLevel:;\nLexile:820L;\nTheme:Coming of age; Family – blessing or curse; Female roles; Working class struggles; Growing up – pain or pleasure;\nGenre:Fiction;\nPoV:Told from perspective of young Sansei girl/woman;\nRelatedEvents:;\nAvailability:Widely available;\nFreeWebVersion:No;\nPrimarySecondary:;\nHasTeachingAids:No;\nWarnings:Some sexual content;\nDenshoTopic:;\nGeography:Arkansas;\nChronology:1950s to 1960s;\nFacility:;\n</p>\n</div>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-BooksDisplay\">\n<table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Title</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">The Floating World</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Author</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Cynthia Kadohata</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publisher</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">Viking</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Original Publication Date</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">1989</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">Pages</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\">196</td>\n</tr>\n<tr>\n<th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">WorldCat Link</th>\n<td style=\"text-align:left;\"><a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/floating-world/oclc/18740503\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/title/floating-world/oclc/18740503</a></td>\n</tr>\n</table>\n</div>\n<div id=\"databox-Books\" style=\"display:none;\">\n<p>Title:The Floating World;\nAuthor:Cynthia Kadohata;\nIllustrator:;\nOrigTitle:;\nCountry:;\nLanguage:;\nSeries:;\nGenre:;\nPublisher:Viking;\nPubDate:1989;\nCurrentPublisher:;\nCurrentPubDate:;\nMediaType:;\nPages:196;\nAwards:;\nISBN:;\nWorldCatLink:<a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.worldcat.org/title/floating-world/oclc/18740503\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.worldcat.org/title/floating-world/oclc/18740503</a>;\n</p>\n</div>\n<p>Acclaimed coming-of-age novel largely set on the road centering on Olivia Osaka and her itinerant family in the 1950s. \n</p>\n<div class=\"toc\" id=\"toc\"><div id=\"toctitle\"><h2>Contents</h2></div>\n<ul>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-1\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Synopsis\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">1</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Synopsis</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-2\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Background_and_Response\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">2</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Background and Response</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-3\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#For_More_Information\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">3</span> <span class=\"toctext\">For More Information</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-4\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Reviews\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">4</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Reviews</span></a></li>\n<li class=\"toclevel-1 tocsection-5\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#Footnotes\"><span class=\"tocnumber\">5</span> <span class=\"toctext\">Footnotes</span></a></li>\n</ul>\n</div>\n<h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Synopsis\">Synopsis</span></h2>\n<p>As the novel begins, Olivia is twelve and her wise but acerbic maternal grandmother, Hisae Fujitano, has just moved in with her family—her father Charlie-O and mother Laura and three younger brothers—after the death of her third husband. Olivia's first-person narration takes us from Oregon, through California and on to Arkansas, where Charlie-O gets an offer to be a partner in an auto repair shop and where the family eventually settles among Japanese American chick sexers.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">[1]</a></sup> Olivia later moves to California, ostensibly to go to college, but ends up spending much of her time on the road there as well. Through Olivia's sometimes wise and sometime unreliable narration, we learn of her parents forced and often unhappy marriage, her grandmother's difficult but eventful life that continues to influence Olivia years after her death, and of Japanese Americans whose lives are a long way from the then prevalent \"<a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Model_minority\" title=\"Model minority\">model minority</a>\" stereotype. Although the novel takes place in the years after World War II, and its characters lives obviously influenced by the war and the mass incarceration, there are only a couple of scattered references to those events in the book.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Background_and_Response\">Background and Response</span></h2>\n<p>Author Cynthia Kadohata (1956– ) was born in Chicago, but like Olivia, lived in Arkansas for much of her childhood (where her father worked as a chick sexer) and moved to Los Angeles as a teenager. Though she dropped out of Hollywood High, she later graduated from the University of Southern California in 1977. Her big break as a writer was the publication of a short story, \"Charlie O,\" in the <i>New Yorker</i> in 1986. That story, along with two others later published in the the <i>New Yorker</i> formed the basis for <i>The Floating World,</i> which she sold to Viking with the aid of famed literary agent Andrew Wylie in 1988. Kadohata later began writing young adult novels, one of which, <i>Kira-Kira</i>, also delved into the world of Nisei chick sexers.\n</p><p>Though some elements of the book are clearly autobiographical, Kadohata told historian Valerie Matsumoto, \"I made a conscious effort to make the events things that never happened, and to have the characters not doing things that either of my parents ever did, just because I didn't want them to feel that I was invading them,\" adding, \"But I guess the feelings are always there.\"<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\">[2]</a></sup>\n</p><p>Mainstream response to <i>The Floating World</i> was almost uniformly positive. Influential <i>New York Times</i> critic Michiko Kakutani hailed Kadohata as \"a luminous new voice in fiction,\" and other reviewers praised the portrayal of the family, the first person voice, and the non-stereotypical view of postwar Japanese American life. At the same time, some Japanese Americans criticized Kadohata for not mentioning mass incarceration of Japanese Americans in a book set in its aftermath. Garrett Hongo recounts an episode at a book signing in which a scholar accused her of \"falsifying our history,\" adding that \"[s]he was then criticized for abdicating her responsibilities as a Japanese American writer, denounced for not fulfilling expectation, for not writing from the public truth of the time.\" Kadohata did set a later young adult novel, <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Weedflower_(book)\" title=\"Weedflower (book)\">Weedflower</a></i>, in an Arizona concentration camp during World War II.<sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\">[3]</a></sup>\n</p>\n<div id=\"authorByline\"><b>Authored by <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Brian_Niiya\" title=\"Brian Niiya\">Brian Niiya</a>, Densho</b></div>\n<div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">Niiya, Brian</div>\n<p>Might also like: <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/What_the_Scarecrow_Said_(book)\" title=\"What the Scarecrow Said (book)\">What the Scarecrow Said</a></i> by Stuart David Ikeda; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Famous_Suicides_of_the_Japanese_Empire_(book)\" title=\"Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire (book)\">Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire</a></i> by David Mura; <i><a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"http://encyclopedia.densho.org/A_Bridge_Between_Us_(book)\" title=\"A Bridge Between Us (book)\">A Bridge Between Us</a></i> by  Julie Shigekuni\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">For More Information</span></h2>\n<p>Author's website: <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://cynthiakadohata.com/books/floating/bk_floating_s01.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://cynthiakadohata.com/books/floating/bk_floating_s01.html</a>.\n</p><p>Cooper, Janet. \"Tools for Contesting Stereotypes and Reconstructing the Identities of Non-White Ethnic Women.\" Ph.D. dissertation, Penn State University, 2000. \n</p><p>Nyman, Jopi. \"The Hybridity of the Asian American Subject in Cynthia Kadohata's <i>The Floating World</i>.\" In <i>Reconstructing Hybridity: Post-Colonial Studies in Transition</i>. Edited by Joel Kuortti and Jopi Nyman. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2007. 191–203.\n</p><p>Park, You-me, and Gayle Wald. \"Native Daughters in the Promised Land: Gender, Race, and the Question of Separate Spheres.\" <i>American Literature</i> 70.3 (Sept. 1998): 607–33.\n</p><p>Shepard, M. Scott. \"Daughters, Tricksters, and Ugly-Ducklings: Coming-of-Age Narratives of Japanese American Women Writers.\" Ph.D. dissertation, Bowling Green State University, 1997.\n</p><p>Yamamoto, Traise. <i>Masking Selves, Making Subjects: Japanese American Women, Identity and the Body</i>. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Reviews\">Reviews</span></h2>\n<p><i>Antioch Review</i> 48 (Winter 90): 125. [\"... an appealing document of what it was like growing up a Japanese-American in this country.\"]\n</p><p>D'Aguiar, Fred. \"The Diminutive Epic.\" <i>Third World Quarterly</i> 12.1 (Jan. 1990): 215–17. [\"… Kadohata never compromises clarity. The price is a tendency to explain too much when the story should be trusted to a greater extent to convey thought.\"]\n</p><p>Edwards-Yearwood, Grace . \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://articles.latimes.com/1989-07-16/books/bk-5696_1_cynthia-kadohata\" rel=\"nofollow\">Growing Up Japanese American</a>.\" <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, July 16, 1989. [\"Olivia's coming of age is convincingly detailed and her adolescent dreams are rendered with such tenderness that her sexual awakening only seems to enhance her innocence.\"]\n</p><p>Ehrlich, Gretel. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-07-23/entertainment/8902190610_1_cynthia-kadohata-japanese-floating\" rel=\"nofollow\">A Japanese Girl Wistfully Drifts Across America</a>.\" <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, July 23, 1989. [\" But a life on the road affects the way Olivia sees and thinks and feels, and Kadohata beautifully captures this world in flux with sharp, lyrical language.\"]\n</p><p>Kakutani, Michiko. \"<a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/30/books/books-of-the-times-growing-up-rootless-in-an-immigrant-family.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">Growing Up Rootless in an Immigrant Family</a>.\" <i>New York Times</i>, June 30, 1989. [<i>The Floating World</i> marks the debut of a luminous new voice in fiction.\"]\n</p><p><i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, Apr. 15, 1989, 570–71. [\"Kadohata writes with a nerveless precision that etches deep. A lovely novel—resonant, complex, yet always accessible.\"]\n</p><p>Lim, Shirley Geok-lin. <i>Belles Lettres</i> 5.3 (Spring 1990): 20. [\"Some of the best passages in the novel are the depictions of economic activity among these landless, unsettled people…. The floating world of migrant Japanese-Americans is solidly grounded in these fine particularities of a working class milieu, portrayed through a women's sensibility.\"]\n</p><p>Matsumoto, Valerie. \"Pearls and Rocks.\" <i>The Women's Review of Books</i> 7.2 (Nov. 1989): 5–6. [\"This story flows like a clear stream, revealing at every eddy unexpected depths and the startling beauty of examined lives.\"]\n</p><p>Ong, Caroline. \"Root Relations.\" <i>Times Literary Supplement</i>, Dec. 29, 1989–Jan. 4, 1990, 1447. [\"Kadohata's reminiscences ramble through time, people and events. Yet the narrative is haunting because of its very simplicity and starkness, its sketchy descriptions fleshing out raw emotions and painful truths.\"]\n</p><p>Paget, Anne. <i>School Library Journal</i>, Jan. 1990, 127–28. [\"This coming-of-age novel works on several levels, and it will engage the emotions of teenage readers and make them think about their own personal situations.\"]\n</p><p><i><a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-670-82680-3\" rel=\"nofollow\">Publishers Weekly</a></i>, May 12, 1989, 279. [\"In her first book, Kadohata works wonders in evoking the mysterious balance, imperfectly held, of a Japanese-American family drifting apprehensively during the 1950s... \"]\n</p><p>Sassone, Ralph. \"The Wanter Years.\" <i>Village Voice</i>, Sep. 19, 1989, 55. [\"Cynthia Kadohata's assured mix of direct and metaphorical prose, of lyrical writing about enduring natural phenomena and delicate humor about ephemeral relations, separates <i>The Floating World</i> from less poised (and whinier) bildungsromans by her contemporaries.... Kadohata's narrator has the kind of sweet, solid authority one doesn't want to escape for an instant.\"]\n</p><p>Shelnutt, Eve. <i>America</i>, Nov. 18, 1989, 361. [\"... exceptional for the quality and depth of love its characters—six members of a family—show toward one another without the least trace of cloying sentimentality.\"]\n</p><p><i>Time</i>, June 19, 1989, 65. [\"Kadohata has a painter's eye, and her narrator's scroll is filled with scrupulously detailed portraits—of her tyrannical grandmother, of herself and her lovers and, memorably, of unassimilated migrant workers...\"]\n</p><p>Woods, Frances. <i>Booklist</i>, May 15, 1989, 1609. [\"The cumulative, quite magical effect is of a rich, unique, and fully realized world, a movable place defined by a car, a family, the times, and by what struck one particular girl as worth remembering.\"]\n</p>\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div><h2><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">Footnotes</span></h2>\n<div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n<ol class=\"references\">\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Chick sexing, the rapid determination of a baby chicken's sex for the purpose of segregating the egg laying females from the relatively useless males, became an important postwar occupational niche for Japanese Americans. See Eiichiro Azuma, \"Race, Citizenship, and the 'Science of Chick Sexing': The Politics of Racial Identity among Japanese Americans,\" <i>Pacific Historical Review</i> 78.2 (May 2009): 242–75.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref2-2\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref2_2-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Valerie Matsumoto, \"Pearls and Rocks,\" <i>The Women's Review of Books</i> 7.2 (Nov. 1989), 6.</span>\n</li>\n<li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref3-3\"><span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\"><a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref3_3-0\">↑</a></span> <span class=\"reference-text\">Michiko Kakutani, \"Growing Up Rootless in an Immigrant Family,\" <i>New York Times</i>, June 30, 1989, <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/30/books/books-of-the-times-growing-up-rootless-in-an-immigrant-family.html\" rel=\"nofollow\">http://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/30/books/books-of-the-times-growing-up-rootless-in-an-immigrant-family.html</a>; Garrett Hongo, \"Introduction: Culture Wars in Asian America,\" in <i>Under Western Eyes: Personal Essays from Asian America</i>, edited by Garrett Hongo (New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1995), 16.</span>\n</li>\n</ol></div>\n<!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCPU time usage: 0.140 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.147 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 412/1000000\nPreprocessor generated node count: 2615/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 5972/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 1156/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 4/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nExtLoops count: 0/100\n-->\n<!-- Saved in parser cache with key mediawiki:pcache:idhash:2293-0!*!0!!en!5!* and timestamp 20180201183916 and revision id 27506\n -->\n<div class=\"toplink\"><a href=\"#top\"><i class=\"icon-chevron-up\"></i> Top</a></div></body></html>",
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