2013 / Author talks about “Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan” April 19

130409 Meet Author YokohamaYankeeThe Japan America Society of Southern California presents a discussion and book signing with Leslie Helm, author of “Yokohama Yankee” on Friday, April 19, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Japan Foundation Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Admission free. RSVP required by April 17 at www.jas-socal.org

Optional Japanese Obento for lunch $11

YOKOHAMA YANKEE: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan, brings to life the author’s family history and illustrates the tensions in U.S.-Japan relations through his family’s search for identity.

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 great-grandfather, who worked as a military advisor in 1870 and defied custom to marry his Japanese mistress.

The family’s poignant experiences of love and war help Helm overcome his cynicism and embrace his Japanese and American heritage

Leslie Helm is a veteran reporter and editor with more than 20-year experience working for local and national publications.

He is currently the editor of Seattle Business, a monthly magazine.

Helm was born and raised in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese.