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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chin Music Press Inc.; 1ST edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984457666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984457663
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leslie Helm is a veteran reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience working for local and national publications. Currently, he is the editor of Seattle Business, a monthly magazine. He also served as executive editor of Washington CEO Magazine. Helm began his career with Business Week, reporting for the magazine first as Tokyo correspondent and later as Boston bureau chief. He returned to Tokyo to cover Japan and Korea as correspondent for The Los Angeles Times before moving to Seattle for the Times to cover business in the Northwest. Helm earned a master of science from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master of arts in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Helm was born and raised in Japan and speaks fluent French and Japanese.

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Leslie Donald Helm was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan, where his family has lived more or less continuously since 1869. He began his career as Tokyo correspondent for Business Week in 1982 before moving to Boston to become bureau chief there. He worked briefly as business reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before returning to Tokyo as correspondent for the Los Angeles Times from 1990 to 1993. It was during that time that he adopted two Japanese children and began the research that would result in his book, Yokohama Yankee, which will be published in March 2013.

Leslie attended the Yokohama International School from nursery school through high school, graduating from the school in 1973. He attended Occidental College for two years before graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in Asian studies. He then attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on a U.S. Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship. He is currently editor of Seattle Business magazine.

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The artwork, layout, photos and prints are all best appreciated in book form.
Loves food
As the author shows so clearly most long term residents of Japan learn to work through the cultural complexity and make peace with their environment with time.
Fred George Notehelfer
I have to say it's one of the most compelling historical books I've ever read.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By IsolaBlue on March 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
YOKOHAMA YANKEE will appeal to a wide range of readers: those interested in German immigration to and business in Japan from the Victorian times on; those who are intrigued by how a somewhat closed society absorbed immigrants; those who have adopted, are thinking of adopting, or are fascinated by stories of adoption by Americans of Asian babies, and lovers of Japanese history and culture.

Leslie Helm traces his family's history in Japan from the arrival of his German great-grandfather, Julius, and his marriage to a Japanese woman during Victorian times to his own upbringing in Japan and eventual marriage to an American woman and their adoption of two Japanese children. There is a lot of information in Helm's book and many photographs as well. Unfortunately the photographs - at least in the advance reader copy - do not carry captions and this makes piecing some of Helm's story together a bit difficult. There are many times while reading the text when it would have been helpful for the photographs to match up with names of individuals or locations mentioned. Obviously these are mostly family photographs passed down, so perhaps Helm did not feel his knowledge deep enough to commit to definite captions.

The book reads quickly and is quite absorbing, very much like watching a well-produced documentary on PBS. Probably most of us have not thought much about immigrants to Japan during the Victorian era, let alone Germans who started successful businesses. Helm introduces us to a world many do not know and might not hear of at all if it were not for Helm's book. There is a good deal of Japanese history to be learned as well, so as the reader takes in Helm's personal family history, there is also the history of an entire country to think about.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fred George Notehelfer on March 10, 2013
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I just finished reading Leslie Helm's book, Yokohama Yankee. It is a wonderful work, full of pathos, insight, and humanity. The history of his family in Yokohama and the vagaries that five generations of Helms went through in running one of the very important foreign firms in Japan is beautifully written. I just kept sitting before my computer hour after hour, thinking of the many experiences that the author and his family went through that resonated so clearly with my own life in Japan as a child and an adult. What I particularly liked about the book is the way in which it integrated the historical with the contemporary. I also am impressed with the manner in which the personal elements are linked to the broader historical, sociological, and cultural issues.

The author's love/hate relationship with Japan is shared by many of us who grew up living in Japan and is an essential feature of the East/West dilemma that confronts the modern history of Westerner residing there. As the author shows so clearly most long term residents of Japan learn to work through the cultural complexity and make peace with their environment with time. Helm's book gives us a nice perspective on the process by which such cultural accommodation has been achieved. While this book is important at the personal level, it is even more important as a historical document that reveals the experiences of Helm Bros. and the men who built that firm in Yokohama. The story is really remarkable, taking us through the Meiji Restoration, World War I, the Great Earthquake of 1923, World War II, and finally Japan's postwar recovery. Each of these events comes alive through the personal perspective of family members who lived in Yokohama for nearly a century and a half. The author should be congratulated for the way he has captured their lives and times.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Doctor JM on March 2, 2013
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I don't often read memoirs, but this book has such arresting photos and is so beautifully produced, that I found myself looking at nearly every page before starting on the first chapter. This heartbreaking story navigates the cross currents of identity and history. At a time when we click to read, this book reminds me of what I most love in a real publication: the wonderfully told story, real characters that I care about, and the actual volume in my hands. While I like the the virtual world, Yokohama Yankee reminds me that occasionally, what is best is to sit down with a real beautiful book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Loves food on March 19, 2013
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I pre-ordered this book on the recommendation of the author's brother. Having grown up in the same area and around the same time as the author I couldn't wait to get my hands on something that would bring back the "familiar" Japan I used to know.
When the book came I sat right down and read a couple of chapters. Then I stopped. I realized this was not the kind of book I thought it would be. It is BETTER than I thought it would be.
I decided to stop looking for the familiar and start the book all over again. I wanted to see it for the book Leslie Helm intended it to be. I am so glad I did.
This is a stunning book. The artwork, layout, photos and prints are all best appreciated in book form. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone as an eBook. unless there is no other option. I found myself going back to the genealogy page and other photos for reference several times.
Besides this being a book with rare, documented insight into Japan at a time of transformation and through two wars it gives wonderful detail into other non-historical aspects of Japan that we might otherwise never encounter.
This is a book about belonging and not belonging. Wanting to belong and not wanting to belong. Being accepted and not accepted and finally...about being accepting.
Interspersed the historical chapters are Leslie Helm's personal stories and questions about his family, about Japan and more questions raised after the the adoption of his two children in Japan. This chronicles the history the Helms, a well know foreign family in Yokohama from the late 1800's until now. A family for whom through marriage, intermarriage and business association, questions of comfort with identity( familial, cultural, social and national allegiance) seemed to be always present.
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