"A attractive, unsettling kinfolk tale and a brilliant traversal of contemporary jap heritage that might galvanize the jaded Japan pupil and encourage the curious basic reader or memoir fan." — Library Journal
Helm used to be the Tokyo correspondent for the Los Angeles Times while he discovered that almost all of the articles he had written have been "critical of Japan in a few way." This used to be awesome contemplating Helm used to be born in Japan and is an element jap himself. during this lovingly researched memoir, he sifts via 5 generations of Helms residing in Japan...history buffs will appreciate Helm's painstaking element and ambitious command of the fabric. — Publishers Weekly
"Yokohama Yankee is a magnificent and eloquent paintings of family members history. What makes it extra extraordinary is that this family's historical past additionally sheds mild at the political, fiscal, cultural, and racial interactions and tensions among Japan and the us for greater than a century and a part, correct as much as the current day. this can be a humane and insightful publication that might 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 family members in Japan cuts to the inescapable isolation of being white in a rustic the place blood nonetheless capacity quite a bit. Yokohama Yankee is a painfully intimate story that spans greater than a century and brings the wrenching historical past 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 fascinating account of his extraordinary kinfolk 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 historical past and Asian stories, college of Washington, and recipient of Japan’s Order of the emerging Sun
“One of the best correspondents to have mentioned on Japan, Leslie Helm tells the riveting, occasionally painful tale of his multinational, biracial service provider family members. residing in Yokohama for generations in warfare and peace, the Helms are on the middle of Japan's lengthy sleek heritage with out ever really changing into ‘Japanese.’” — Sheldon Garon, Nissan professor of eastern heritage at Princeton University
"Helm mines the various treasures of his family's prior, and the multicultural futures of his followed, jap young ones, to enquire the mysteries of id which are locked away within 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 experience of the area, of the earlier, and of himself." — Alex Beam, Boston Globe columnist
“[A] impressive paintings jam-packed with pathos, perception and humanity.” — Fred G. Notehelfer, emeritus professor of eastern heritage at UCLA and writer of Japan via American Eyes: The magazine of Francis corridor, 1859-1866
Leslie Helm's determination to undertake jap kids launches him on a private trip via his family's one hundred forty years in Japan, starting along with his great-grandfather, who labored as an army consultant in 1870 and defied customized to marry his jap mistress. The family's poignant reports of affection and warfare support Helm triumph over his cynicism and embody his jap and American heritage.
This is the 1st booklet to examine Japan throughout 5 generations, with viewpoint that's either from the interior and via international eyes. Helm attracts on his great-grandfather's unpublished memoir and a wealth of basic resource fabric to carry his relatives historical past to life.