Kathleen Burkinshaw

Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. Writing gives her an outlet for her daily struggle with chronic pain. She has presented her mother’s experience in Hiroshima to schools and at conferences for the past 7 years. The Last Cherry Blossom, is a Society of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators Crystal Kite Award Finalist (southeast region) and 2016 Scholastic We Need Diverse Books Reading Club selection. Her website is www.kathleenburkinshaw.com

Updated July 2017

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A Mother's Love, My Inspiration

Someday, the voices of the hibakusha will no longer be with us to bear witness. But the memory of the morning of August 6, 1945, must never fade. That memory allows us to fight complacency. It fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change. President Obama said these historic words standing in front of the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016. As the daughter of a hibakusha, I was grateful that the President paid respect to the victims who died that day, to those who lived, and continue to live being victims to their memories of August 6th. My mother, Toshiko…

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