In conversation with John Nathan, Takashima Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, UCSB
Co-presented with Asia Society Southern California, and the Japanese American National Museum
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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In his enthralling new novel, Buruma- an expert on modern Asia-uses the life of the starlet Yoshiko Yamaguchi as a lens through which to understand the contradictions and complexities of modern Japanese history.
Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. His previous books include God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Missionary and the Libertine, Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania, Bad Elements and Murder in Amsterdam, which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the Best Current Interest Book. He was awarded the 2008 Shorenstein Journalism Award, which honored him for his distinguished body of work and the 2008 Erasmus Prize.