Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan
Written by Leslie Helm.
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. This 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 Helm draws on his great grandfather's unpublished memoir and a wealth of primary source material to bring his family history to life. The book contains photographs, maps, illustrations, postcards and ephemera from the late 19th century to today. Paper: 384 pp.