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Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Building Tradition
Curing Japan's America Addiction
Enfu: Cute Grit
Goodbye Madame Butterfly
Han in the Upper Left
Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu
Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Kuhaku and Other Accounts From Japan
Persimmon and Frog
Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes From a Sushi Pioneer
The Land of Five Waters
When the Waves Came
Yellow River Odyssey
Yokohama Yankee
Yurei: The Japanese Ghost
Japan/Asia Fiction
Big in Japan: A Ghost Story
Lizard Telepathy Fox Telepathy
Oh! A Mystery of "Mono no Aware"
Subduction
The Human Jungle
The Sun Gods
To Love the Coming End
White Elephant
Why Ghosts Appear
Yokai Stories
New Orleans Nonfiction
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Hurricane Story
Jackson Squared
Where We Know: New Orleans as Home
New Orleans Fiction
Last of the Red Hot Poppas
The Last Light
The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories
Americana Fiction
Home, Away
King of the Worlds
School Board: A Novel
Sugar
Timber Curtain
Variations of Labor
Americana Culture, Poetry
A Commonplace Book of Pie
Gang of Four
Gather Around the Table: A Festal Cookbook
Ghosts of Seattle Past
Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere
Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown
Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota's Garden
We Lived Here: Stories of Seattle's Central Area
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Yokohama Yankee

Leslie Helm

"[A] marvelous and eloquent work of family history." — James Fallows, author of China Airborne

 

"[A] painfully intimate story that spans more than a century and brings the wrenching history of modern Japan into a focus that is both razor sharp and deeply human.” — Blaine Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14 and former Tokyo bureau chief of The Washington Post

"[A] lively and engaging account of (a) remarkable family history and its intertwining with Japan.” — Kenneth B. Pyle, Henry M. Jackson professor of Asian history and Asian studies, University of Washington

Leslie Helm’s decision to adopt Japanese children launches him on a personal journey through his family’s 140 years in Japan, beginning with his German great grandfather, who worked as a military adviser in 1870 and defied custom to marry his Japanese mistress. The family’s poignant experiences of love and war help Helm learn to embrace his Japanese and American heritage.

Yokohama Yankee is the first book to look at Japan across five generations with perspective that is both from the inside and through foreign eyes. Helm draws on his great grandfather’s unpublished memoir and a wealth of primary source material to bring his family history to life.



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