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The Flower Girls (short story)

Creators: Lawson Fusao Inada


Short story by Lawson Fusao Inada . Two girls named Cherry and Rose—dubbed the "flower girls" by their teacher—become best friends as first and second graders in Portland, Oregon, just prior to World War II. They play at each other's houses after school and explore each other's neighborhood, though both agree that Cherry's—the Japantown area known as Shita Machi—is more interesting. But the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor drives a wedge between them, and Cherry and her family are soon sent away. While the girls exchange a few letters, they soon lose touch. Switching to the present, the narrator writes about a new Cherry and Rose, who meet to play in the Japanese garden of a Portland park.

Authored by Brian Niiya , Densho

Might also like " Rosebud " by Wakako Yamauchi; Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida; Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

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Author Lawson Fusao Inada
Publication Date 1985
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Inada, Lawson Fusao. "The Flower Girls." Pacific Citizen , Dec. 20–27, 1985, B-48–49.