Kerr (born 1952) is an American writer based in Japan and Thailand.
He is well known for his book Lost Japan (1994), which describes
the changes he witnessed in the country where he has lived on and
off for decades since childhood. Alex originally wrote Lost Japan
in Japanese, for which he was the first foreigner to be awarded the
Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction
published in Japan. His later book Dogs and Demons (2002),
addresses issues of environmental degradation and loss of native culture
in the wake of modernization and Westernization. Since the 1980ís,
Alex has made Bangkok his second home, establishing in 2005 the Origin
Program to introduce traditional Thai arts to foreign visitors. His
most recent work is Bangkok Found (2010), which explores
the cultural themes of his Japan writing within the Thai context.