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

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


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Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon by Nassrine Azimi, Michel Wasserman

Last Boat to Yokohama tells a story of both tragedy and grandeur in the 20th century. It recounts the life and work of Beate Sirota Gordon: the influence of her father, Leo Sirota, one of the greatest pianists of his generation; her secret work ensuring women’s equality while helping to develop the post-WWII Japanese constitution—at the age of 22; her broad influence on hundreds of Western artists such as Robert Wilson, David Byrne and Peter Sellars—who were introduced to leading contemporary Asian music, dance, theater and visual artists through her extraordinary cross-cultural efforts. The book relives Beate's drive, talent, ambition, and influence, with intimate diary excerpts from her mother, an introduction by Beate herself, and an afterword from her daughter, Nicole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941110188
Publisher: Three Rooms Press
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 912,846
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Beats Sirota Gordon i

Beate Nassrine Azimi 1

Leo Michel Wasserman 13

Augustine Augustine (Horenstein) Sirota 31

Legacy Part I Article 24 Nassrine Azimi 43

Legacy Part II Theaters of Asia Michel Wasserman 73

An Interview with Beate Sirota Gordon Nassrine Azimi Michel Wasserman 87

A Tribute Nicole Gordon 113

An Elegy Geoffrey Gordon 123

Preface to Post-Conflict Reconstruction Beate Sirota Gordon 127

Selected Segments of the Japanese Constitutions of February 11, 1889 and of November 3, 1946 131

Afterword Sonia Sotomayor 149

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Last Boat to Yokohama: The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extraordinary book about a truly remarkable woman who left a legacy in Japan that lasts to this day by writing an article in the Constitution granting women equality, and later doing everything she could to promote peace through cultural exchange. I especially relished the in-depth interviews with Beate Sirota Gordon. She was a true inspiration.