Kim Andrews shuts out her history teacher, who is telling the class about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She is thinking about her ancestors. Kim’s mother is American, but her father, who died before she was born, was Japanese. Realizing that she knows nothing about an important part of her heritage, the teenager embarks on a search for her father’s Japanese relatives in California. As she meets an aunt and grandmother who are from another time and culture, she learns that she is both Kim Andrews and Kimi Yogushi. And she begins to know what it means to be Japanese-American.
Kim/Kimi poignantly depicts a young woman’s investigation of her cultural history. Honestly facing the mistreatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the prejudices that still exist in many parts of the United States, Hadley Irwin skillfully dramatizes the conflicts that are often part of a multicultural background.
"Christina Moore delivers a straightforward reading of Kim's journey of discovery without significant voicing, using instead pacing and intonation to mirror Kim's moods. Even in the case of the Japanese-American friends and family Kim locates in California, Moore effectively uses hesitancy and pauses rather than accent to imply language differences and bilingual speech patterns. Moore's quiet reading will have strong appeal for teens searching for their own cultural identities." (AudioFile)
©1987 Lee Hadley; Ann Irwin (P)1996 Recorded Books,LLC