Yoko Kawashima, though Japanese, spent most of her childhood in Nanam, Korea,
where she attended Japanese schools and studied the classical arts of Japan.
She was only 7 when Japan entered World War II in 1941. Four years later,
amid the chaos of Japan's defeat and the rising terror of anti-Japanese hostility,
Kawashima, her mother, and older sister fled from their home and began a life-or-death
trek to Seoul, Korea. In So Far From the Bamboo Grove, Kawashima retold her family's
struggle to survive hunger, pain, and enemy fire and to forge a new future in Japan.