By Leslie Helm
"A stunning, unsettling family members tale and a shiny traversal of contemporary jap historical past that may provoke the jaded Japan student and encourage the curious common reader or memoir fan." — Library Journal
Helm used to be the Tokyo correspondent for the l. a. instances whilst he learned that almost all of the articles he had written have been "critical of Japan in a few way." This was once marvelous contemplating Helm used to be born in Japan and is a component eastern himself. during this lovingly researched memoir, he sifts via 5 generations of Helms residing in Japan...history buffs will get pleasure from Helm's painstaking aspect and bold command of the fabric. — Publishers Weekly
"Yokohama Yankee is a fabulous and eloquent paintings of kinfolk background. What makes it extra outstanding is that this family's heritage additionally sheds gentle at the political, fiscal, cultural, and racial interactions and tensions among Japan and the U.S. for greater than a century and a part, correct as much as the current day. this can be a humane and insightful e-book that would be learn a long time from now." — James Fallows, nationwide correspondent for The Atlantic and writer of China Airborne
“Like a sword cleaving a bittersweet fruit, Leslie Helm’s saga of his mixed-blood relations in Japan cuts to the inescapable isolation of being white in a rustic the place blood nonetheless ability lots. Yokohama Yankee is a painfully intimate tale that spans greater than a century and brings the wrenching background of recent Japan right into a concentration that's either razor sharp and deeply human.” — Blaine Harden, writer of break out from Camp 14 and previous Tokyo bureau leader of The Washington Post
“Leslie Helm has written a full of life and interesting account of his notable family members historical past and its intertwining with Japan ... it's a hot and human tale that might appeal its readers.” — Kenneth B. Pyle, Henry M. Jackson professor of Asian heritage and Asian reports, college of Washington, and recipient of Japan’s Order of the emerging Sun
“One of the best correspondents to have stated on Japan, Leslie Helm tells the riveting, occasionally painful tale of his multinational, biracial service provider kin. dwelling in Yokohama for generations in conflict and peace, the Helms are on the center of Japan's lengthy sleek background with out ever truly changing into ‘Japanese.’” — Sheldon Garon, Nissan professor of eastern historical past at Princeton University
"Helm mines the numerous treasures of his family's prior, and the multicultural futures of his followed, eastern little ones, to enquire the mysteries of id which are locked away inside of we all. The relations fortune disappears, and kinfolk scatter within the winds of conflict and reconstruction. yet this wonderful tale continues to be, approximately an erudite guy attempting to make feel of the area, of the previous, and of himself." — Alex Beam, Boston Globe columnist
“[A] brilliant paintings choked with pathos, perception and humanity.” — Fred G. Notehelfer, emeritus professor of jap historical past at UCLA and writer of Japan via American Eyes: The magazine of Francis corridor, 1859-1866
Leslie Helm's determination to undertake jap teenagers launches him on a private trip via his family's one hundred forty years in Japan, starting together with his great-grandfather, who labored as an army consultant in 1870 and defied customized to marry his eastern mistress. The family's poignant reports of affection and struggle aid Helm conquer his cynicism and embody his eastern and American heritage.
This is the 1st booklet to examine Japan throughout 5 generations, with viewpoint that's either from the interior and during overseas eyes. Helm attracts on his great-grandfather's unpublished memoir and a wealth of fundamental resource fabric to carry his family members heritage to existence.