A new book from Seattle's Chin Music Press is always a delight, and Leslie Helm's memoir, Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan, is no exception. Yokohama Yankee tells the extraordinary story of the Helms, a multinational, biracial merchant family whose first family member arrived in Yokohama in 1869. Leslie Helm spent his childhood in Japan as a 'foreigner' and he, like the rest of his family lived a paradox: of Japan but not Japanese. He would later return to serve eight years in Tokyo for Business Week and The Los Angeles Times, eventually settling in Seattle, where he lives with his wife and adopted Japanese children, and is editor of Seattle Business. Illustrated with many historical photos, ephermera, and family pictures, Yokohama Yankee is also a lovely, moving visual record of generations of Japanese, Americans, and Europeans in Japan.
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue