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In the eye of the wind : a travel memoir of prewar Japan

Author: Ronald Baenninger; Martin Baenninger
Publisher: Montreal ; Ithaca, N.Y. : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2009.
Series: Footprints series (Montréal, Quebec)
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"Yokohama, a quiet fishing village when Commodore Matthew Perry arrived with his gunboat diplomacy in the mid-1800s, was quickly transformed into a bustling port for international trade. The change brought affluent foreigners to the city but also mobilized Japanese nationalist hostilities. It was in this setting that Ron and Martin Baenninger's Canadian mother and Swiss father met in 1933. Relying on Ron's early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Baenninger, Ronald.
In the eye of the wind.
Montreal ; Ithaca, N.Y. : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)653408359
Named Person: Hans Baenninger; Ethel Baenninger; Hans Baenninger; Ethel Baenninger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald Baenninger; Martin Baenninger
ISBN: 9780773534971 0773534970
OCLC Number: 276644316
Description: xii, 201 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
Contents: The meeting --
1933 --
Mr. and Mrs.: 1905-1934 --
The honeymoon: part one --
1934 --
The honeymoon: part two --
1934 --
Home in Japan: part one --
1935, 1936 --
Home in Japan: part two --
1937, 1938 --
Home leave in the wrong place --
1939 --
Back to Japan and a deteriorating outlook --
Apart or together? --
1941 --
Pearl Harbor and the world at war --
1941, 1942 --
Loves in chaos and the race to flee --
1942 --
Escape: to Africa on a Japanese ship --
1942 --
To Britain on a British Ship --
1942 --
"Home" to safety: the last dash to Canada --
1942 --
Leaving in all behind: 1942-2006.
Series Title: Footprints series (Montréal, Quebec)
Responsibility: Ron Baenninger and Martin Baenninger.

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In the mid-1800s, Yokohama brought affluent foreigners to the city. It was in this setting that the author's Canadian mother and Swiss father met in 1933. This work recounts the initial years of  Read more...

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"The saga of the Baenningers' dramatic departure from Japan and their maritime trek around the world to finally reach Canada in 1942 is completely absorbing." Joseph Kess, Centre for Asia-Pacific Read more...

 
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