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Kawashima Watkins

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.