Yokohama Yankee: Leslie Helm discusses family, race and conflict in modern Japanese history

Date: November 4, 2013 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Olin 130
Yokohama Yankee

The Asian Studies Department welcomes author and journalist Leslie Helm to give a Visiting Educator Lecture on his new book "Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan" on Nov. 4. Helm's book is the first to look at Japan across five generations both from the inside and through foreign eyes.

In his lecture, titled "Yokohama Yankee: Family, race and conflict across 150 years of modern Japanese history," Helm will discuss his family's 140-year history, beginning with his German great-grandfather who defied custom in 1870 to marry his Japanese mistress. His book chronicles a journey of engagement with his Japanese and American heritage through his family's experiences of love and war.

Helm was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan where his family has lived since 1869. He has been Tokyo correspondent for "Business Week" and the "Los Angeles Times," and is currently editor of "Seattle Business" magazine. Helm has an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

During his visit, Helm will meet with students interested in pursuing a career in journalism and attend classes in the Asian Studies Department. A book signing will follow the lecture.