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How food brought a father and daughter back together


I often dream about sugar cane. Our family home in Okinawa was built next to acres and acres of sugar cane, and back in the late 1960s, the towering fields were a vast playground for me and my big sister, Janet.

I dream about machetes too. Sweaty, tanned men would chase us with sharp blades after we’d stolen a few sugary stalks for treats. Each time, Janet and I had to clamber over a wall, into our yard, for safety.

Precocious little girls, we would scream and laugh as we’d run to our dad for protection. He’d be out back, usually grilling up burgers or steaks. At 6 foot 4, our American father was a giant on the island. The locals never messed with Glenn Barnes.

When we presented him with our ill-gotten gains, he’d cut off the…

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