Ayako accompanies her parents to San Francisco, London, Ottawa, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. Taunted as a qdirty Japq in San Francisco, Ayako learns English well in London and makes friends. In Ottawa she feels Canadian, but back in Tokyo, Ayako is too Western. World War II breaks out while the Tomiis are in Buenos Aires and they are interned. This memoir describes Ayako's attempts to lead a normal childhood, with its ordinary pleasures, amidst the glamour and uncertainty of diplomatic life in the l930s and l940s.This semi-basement was half above the ground, with all the rooms having windows which alleviated the darkness. aZulema, can I see your room?a Zulema, who used no makeup on her fine features, not even lipstick, was my maid and good friend, as well as being a general maid. aRefined ... aImitation Tiffany glass, a lampshade to brighten up any room, though Zulema may prefer something simpler.
|Title||:||A Japanese Diplomat's Daughter|
|Publisher||:||iUniverse - 2004-01|