Chon: The Story of a WWII Japanese Spy Who Became a South Texas Vaquero

Ever since men entered what would eventually become known as the Americas, people from the orient, including Japan, were among them. They crossed the Bering Strait and made their way down to the Magellan Strait. No doubt some stayed in South Texas. It is not surprising then, that many natives of the area possess Oriental facial features. It is certainly plausible that a Japanese spy could have made his way into the United States by blending into the South Texas landscape.

In this book, such a scenario is explored. While the protagonist is a Japanese spy, he did not come to Texas on an espionage mission, but rather to escape a certain death that his country required of him. With time, he embraced the Tejano culture and became a successful ranchero. It was only a matter of time, however, before his secret would become known. This book takes the reader on an adventure from the spy’s home, Tokyo Plantation, to Rancho Salinas in Webb County. It provides a compelling view of the South Texas ranch culture.