Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon

Nassrine Azimi (Author) Michel Wasserman (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Three Rooms Press
Publish Date
May 01, 2015
Pages
168
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781941110188
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About the Author

Nassrine Azimi has co-founded and now coordinates the Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative, a global campaign to plant seeds and saplings of trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima worldwide. She established the Hiroshima Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in 2003. Azimi has written and published extensively on training, UN peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction, and environmental governance. Her op-ed pieces have appeared regularly in the international press. She lives in Hiroshima, Japan.

Michel Wasserman is the former director of the Kyoto French Cultural Institute and of a French "artist in residence" program in Kyoto, the Villa Kujoyama. He is currently professor at the College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan -University. A Paris III doctor in oriental studies, Michel Wasserman has worked and written extensively on Japanese traditional theatre, especially Kabuki, and has also published various books on the reception of western music in Japan. He lives in Kyoto, Japan.

Reviews

"All of us have a lot to learn from Beate Gordon. A woman with the courage to match her convictions." --Yoko Ono

"The story of the life of Beate Sirota is an inspiring one, and one that continues to inspire long after she has left the room. She set an example for all individuals, regardless of gender or nationality, that one person -- however modest, however unprepared for history -- can make a difference." --The Japan Times

"With a prismatic approach that includes remarks from Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an interview with Gordon, journal entries by Gordon's mother, and other sources, Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon gathers respectful reflections that shed light on a specific moment in history and on one woman's remarkable career." --Foreword Reviews

"Inherently fascinating and exceptionally well written from beginning to end, "Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon" is an impressive and highly recommended addition to community and academic library 20th Century Biography collections." --Midwest Book Review

"Women's rights activist Beate Sirota Gordon's passion for bridging cultures is clearly evoked through this fascinating tribute to her work. . . . Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman pay tribute to Beate Sirota Gordon, champion of the arts and part of the American team who developed Japan's postwar constitution under General MacArthur. Gordon's story highlights her sustaining belief in making human connections. Last Boat to Yokohama gathers respectful reflections that shed light on a specific moment in history and on one woman's remarkable career." --Foreword Reviews

"A fascinating book about an extraordinary woman."--BookPleasures

"A necessary addition to myriad of books written about World War II. It is complementary to Beate Sirota Gordon's memoir The Only Woman in the Room and deserves a place in any school, public or personal library." --Anne Lee, Shojo Power

"A splendid book. You must get a copy of LAST BOAT TO YOKOHAMA for yourself. I will not lend mine." --Dick Cavett, talk show host, actor, writer

"An important book. Every woman on both sides of the Pacific should know about Beate Sirota Gordon and what she did for the women of Japan." --Martha Burk, Ms. Magazine

"An inspiring book about an inspiring woman."--Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; and Chairperson, Water Leaders Summit

"What [Beate] did as a woman in helping to create Japan's new constitution is historic. Few women of the 20th century have had her courage and vision. --Robert Wilson, experimental theater director and playwright

"[Beate Gordon's] contribution in drafting language about women's rights for the new constitution was instrumental in effecting significant cultural change. Later, she would pursue a career in the performing arts in New York, where through her work at the Japan Society she brought the very essence of what was precious in Japanese culture and art to America. Read "Last Boat to Yokohama" and be inspired by her remarkable life." --Yo-Yo Ma, cellist