Yoko Kawashima Watkins and Holden Caufeild timeline


Japan has control of Korea

1910 - 1945

The reason that Yoko was in Korea during the time of the war was because her father was working for the Japanese government and overseeing the building of certain railroads. During this time the Japanese were beginning to lose control over the Korean penisula and it was a very dangerous place to live. As the story goes, Yoko and he sister Ko were woken during the night by their mother saying for them to leave. This was in 1945, during the unstable period of aggression between the Japanese and Korean people (King).



Yoko Kawashima was born 1933 in Japan (King).

Time on the run

1945 - 1946

During these years spent on the run Yoko saw and faced many terrible things. She saw babies killed in front of her and she faced starvation on a relatively low scale( Kawashima 45). During this time she also lost her mother ( Kawashima 102). These times really forced Yoko to grow up and become a much older and responsible version of herself. She had to take care of herself when her mother and sister could not and she had to deal with some of her own personal problems on her own. These events caused Yoko to become much more selfless and serious, this was mostly because of the terrible situations she saw and the fact that she had to help out (King). However, through all of the terrible things she saw she never stayed sour and cold. She was sad and lonely but she always pushed through and searched for a better life. That shows real resilience, when someone holds onto a good idea even when the situation is at its worse. After all the terrible things Yoko went through were over, she was able to come out and use her experiences to help and inspire others (King). This is almost opposite of Holden who goes into a situation and is negative through all of his troubles. He never even realized how insignificant his problems are. Yoko actually loses her family and faces death and still becomes a nice person (King). While Holden whines about how bad his life is and stays negative, nothing ever causes him to do anything it is all on him.
However, Holden and young Yoko are very comparable. When Yoko was a little kid she was very whiny and spoiled. Yoko got to attend school and she took dance classes and got to choose what foods she ate (King). This was similar to how Holden lived during the book. He was very spoiled and whiny (Salinger 5). The difference between them is; during the time she was running to japan, she changed herself for the better. She became a more adult and understanding person. On the other hand Holden did not do any of this, in fact, he basically makes his situation worse for himself (Salinger 14). Holden does not grow at all because of his situation, and it is his own fault. This type of behavior does not show resilience.

Time in Japan

1947 - 1955

During this time, the two sisters Ko and Yoko come to Japan to find it in ruins from the most recent atomic bomb. Yoko pushes to make the money that would allow her to attend school in Japan. A lady lets the sisters rent a room on top of a factory (King, “About Yoko Kawashima Watkins”). They get though this time by being positive and fighting through all the problems that came up. Yoko finishes school and then attends Kyoto university, and based her education on english. After that she found work at a U.S air force base as a translator. That is where she met her future husband Donald Watkins. This part of Yoko's life shows a lot of resilience because even when times were very hard for her Yoko still attended school and got good grades (King, “About Yoko Kawashima Watkins”). It took all of her effort but she managed to get a good job even though she had started from the bottom. Holden did the exact opposite, he had everything handed to him but he still did nothing with it. He did not try in school and wasted all of his opportunities. He did not show resilience during the story, he just showed how useless and stupid he was (Salinger 54).

Yoko's mother dies



Meets father again


Yoko had not seen her father since they had fled their home in 1945. It had been 21 years since they had seen or talked. Her father had worked for the Japanese military and the reason they were in Korea was because he was overseeing the building of the Manchurian railroads. His name was Kiyoshi Kawashima (King).

Married to Donald Watkins


After Yoko finished her schooling she worked in a U.S Air Force base, were she worked as a translator. That is where she met her husband, who was an American pilot, his name was Donald Watkins (King).

Time in America

1955 - 2015

During her time in America, Yoko made a big difference in the lives of many young people. She visits schools for children that have read her book and shares her story to inspire many people and students. She says that she supports world peace, and her way of showing it is by visiting schools and through writing her books (King). Though Yoko has been a messenger of good things many Koreans oppose her book. This is because of how it depicts the Koreans, even though the Japanese were thought to be the ones at fault. Yoko says that she knows what her people did was wrong and she also publicly apologized for the discomfort caused by her book's depiction of Koreans ("A Downright Lie Is “So Far from the Bamboo Grove”.). These people claim that her whole story is a lie, because many of the specific facts do not line up. However, when one is running for their lives or trying to survive they will not know exactly who is attacking them or who is flying over them. Many of the facts Yoko put in her story were what she thought was going on, these people have to remember that she was eleven when she wrote the book. This misplaced facts have caused the banning of the book in many schools all over the world ("A Downright Lie Is “So Far from the Bamboo Grove”.). Even through all this Yoko still goes to schools and spreads the idea of peace. This is much more resilient than Holden is, from the book Catcher in the rye. Holden has no idea what he wants or what he believes in and he does nothing about it (Salinger 10). Even if Yoko was lying about her story at least she knows what she wanted (I do not think she is). Holden has no goals or values to follow and that is completely his own fault. Yoko talks about a story that was very hard for her and pushed through while Holden never talks to people about his real story and keeps his life bottled up (Salinger 178). He never does anything to truly help people. Holden can never be resilient until he does something that gives him direction, and he has to be the one to make that choice. Yoko does help and inspire many people even though a big section of her life was very hard, this is resilience.

Writing "So Far from the Bamboo Grove"

1976 - 1985


Meets Hideyo again


Hideyo was Yoko's older brother that had been working at a factory in Korea. Since the call for them to leave was so urgent they left a note for him telling him where to meet them and where to go. Yoko later learned that Hideyo had taken shelter with a Korean family for the winter and they had been killed. It had been 21 years since they had seen each other (King).

First book published


The first book she published was "So Far From the Bamboo Grove" or in the Korean language "Yoko's story" (King).

Second book published





"A Downright Lie Is "So Far from the Bamboo Grove". | Chicago Korean Drama Fan Club." A Downright Lie Is "So Far from the Bamboo Grove". | Chicago Korean Drama Fan Club. 18 Jan. 2007. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.

King, Elizabeth. "About Yoko Kawashima Watkins." Learn About Yoko Kawashima Watkins. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.

Salinger, J. D., and E. Michael Mitchell. The Catcher in the Rye. Print.

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far from the Bamboo Grove. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1986. Print.