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  • Title: ianburuma.com
    Descriptive info: .. [.. Home.. ] [.. Books.. Journalism.. Public Engagements.. ].. ianburuma.. com.. interviews.. select archive.. curriculum vitae.. Year Zero reviews link.. Photo Copyright Michael Childers.. IAN BURUMA.. Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied history, Chinese literature, and Japanese cinema.. In 1970s Tokyo, he acted in Kara Juro's.. Jokyo Gekijo.. and participated in Maro Akaji's butoh dancing company.. Dairakudakan,.. followed by a career in documentary filmmaking and photography.. In the 1980s, h.. e worked as a journalist, and spent much of his early writing career travelling and reporting from all over Asia.. Buruma now writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, most frequently for.. The New York Review of Books.. ,.. The New Yorker.. The New York Times.. ,.. and.. NRC Handelsblad.. He was Cultural Editor of.. The Far Eastern Economic Review.. , Hong Kong (1983-86) and Foreign Editor of.. The Spectator.. , London (1990-91), and has been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.. C.. , St.. Antony's College, Oxford, and Remarque Institute, NYU.. He has delivered lectures at various academic and cultural institutions world-wide, including Oxford, Princeton, and Harvard universities.. He is currently Henry R.. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.. Ian Buruma was awarded the 2008 international.. Erasmus Prize.. for making "an especially  ...   Harvard University.. Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (Penguin USA).. was the winner of.. The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the Best Current Interest Book.. In April 2012 Ian Buruma was awarded the Abraham Kuyper Prize at the Princeton Theological Seminary.. Latest News:.. Princeton University Press has published.. Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents.. in March 2010, in the US and the UK.. This book is based on the Stafford Little lectures given at Princeton in 2008.. Grenzen aan de vrijheid: van De Sade tot Wilders.. was published in April, 2010 by Lemniscaat.. It was written in Dutch as the 2010 essay for the Maand van de Filosofie.. In October 2011 it was published by Arcadia in Barcelona, entitled.. Limits a la llibertat.. See his monthly columns for.. Project Syndicate.. From September 2011 till May 2012, Ian Buruma was a fellow of the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library.. His latest book,.. Year Zero: A History of 1945.. , was published by Penguin (USA) in the fall of 2013.. http://www.. c-spanvideo.. org/program/315801-1.. Year Zero.. is a New York Times 'Notable Book of 2013'.. Among the best books of 2013 in the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, Amazon, the Daily Beast.. Copyright © Ian Buruma.. All rights reserved.. This website was built by Ewisoft.. Website Builder..

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    Descriptive info: The Japanese Tattoo.. (Weatherhill, Tokyo, 1980), text Donald Richie, photographs Ian Buruma.. Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes.. (Pantheon, 1984), entitled.. A Japanese Mirror.. (Cape, 1983) in the UK.. God's Dust: A Modern Asian Journey.. (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1988).. Playing the Game.. (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1990).. The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Japan and Germany.. (Farrar, Straus, Giroux,1995).. The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West.. (Random House, 1996).. Anglomania: a European Love Affair.. (Random House, 1999), entitled.. Voltaire's Coconuts, or Anglomania in Europe.. (Weidenfeld Nicolson, 1999) in the UK.. Bad Elements: Among the Rebels, Dissidents, and Democrats of Greater China.. (Random House, 2001).. Inventing.. Japan: 1853-1964.. (Modern Library Chronicles, 2003).. Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies.. (Penguin USA, 2004)..  ...   De Sade tot Wilders (Lemniscaat, 2010).. Year Zero: A History of 1945 (Penguin USA, 2013).. Introductory and Catalogue Essays:.. Tokyo: Form and Spirit.. (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1986).. A House for Mr Biswas.. by V.. S.. Naipaul (Penguin, 1992).. Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art.. , photographs by Jodi Cobb (Alfred Knopf, 1995).. Bruce and Norman Yonemoto: Memory, Matter, and Modern Romance.. (Fellows of Contemporary Art, 1999).. The Diaries of a Cosmopolitan 1918-1937.. by Count Harry Kessler (Weidenfeld Nicolson, 1999).. India: A Mosaic.. edited by Robert B.. Silvers and Barbara Epstein (NYRB, 2000).. Rene Leys.. by Victor Segalen (NYRB, 2003).. The American Effect.. (Whitney Museum of American Art, 2003).. Chrysanthemum and the Sword.. by Ruth Benedict (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).. AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006).. Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s..

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  • Title: Journalism
    Descriptive info: The Worst Railroad Job.. (November 20, 2014).. The Narrow Road to the Deep North.. By Richard Flanagan.. Can He Take Back Japan?.. (November 6, 2014).. A Very Superior German Liberal.. (August 14, 2014).. Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood.. By Joachim Fest.. China: Reeducation Through Horror.. (January 9 2014).. The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945 1957.. by Frank Dikötter.. Drifting Off In A World of Their Own (November 7 2013).. Balthus: Cats and Girls Paintings and Provocations.. Hell in Paradise (September 26 2013).. Hell in Paradise.. The Orphan Master s Son.. by Adam Johnson.. The Man Who Got it Right (August 15 2013).. The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays.. by Simon Leys.. New York Review Books, 572 pp.. , $19.. 95 (paper).. Imelda's Sweet Sauce (June 20 2013).. Here Lies Love.. A musical by David Byrne.. Public Theater, New York City.. The Invention of David Bowie (May 23 2013).. David Bowie Is.. an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 23 August 11, 2013.. Catalog edited by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, with contributions by Camille Paglia, Jon Savage, and others.. London:.. V A.. Publishing, 320 pp.. , $55.. 00 (distributed in the US by Abrams).. The Next Day.. an album by David Bowie.. Obsessions in Tokyo (January 10 2013).. Tokyo 1955 1970: A New Avant-Garde.. an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, November 18, 2012 February 25, 2013.. Catalog of the exhibition edited by Doryun Chong.. Museum of Modern Art, 216 pp.. 00.. Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1962 1984.. a film series at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, December 6, 2012 February 10, 2013.. Disastrous Japan.. (November 8 2012).. Ways of Forgetting, Ways of Remembering: Japan in the Modern World.. by John W.. Dower.. Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan s Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.. by David McNeill and Lucy Birmingham.. The Right Kind of Questions (April 5 2012).. Thinking the Twentieth Century.. by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder.. The Catty Chronicler (January 12 2012).. Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880 1918.. edited and translated from the German by Laird M.. Easton.. The Hell of Victory.. (November 24 2011).. The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War.. by Ben Shephard.. From Tenderness to Savagery in Seconds.. (October 13 2011).. City of Life and Death.. a film directed by Lu Chuan.. (first released in China in 2009).. Who Was Barack's Mother?.. (May 26 2011).. A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother.. , by Janny Scott.. Israel and Palestine: Robbed of Dreams.. (April 7 2011).. Who Did not Collaborate.. (February 24 2011).. And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris.. by Alan Riding.. The Twisted Art of Documentary.. (Nov.. 25).. Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today.. Film by Stuart Schulberg.. A Film Unfinished.. By Yael Hirsonski.. Ecstatic About Pearl Harbor.. (Oct.. 14 2010).. So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers.. by Donald Keene.. Hitch-22: A Memoir.. (.. July 15 2010.. ).. by Christopher Hitchens.. Twelve, 435 pp.. , $26.. 99.. The Mystery of Female Grace.. (May 27 2010).. Kissing the Mask:.. Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater, with Some Thoughts on Muses (Especially Helga Testorf), Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Housewives, Makeup Artists, Geishas, Valkyries and Venus Figurines.. What is there to Say.. (April 29 2010).. Blooms of Darkness.. by Aharon Appelfeld.. Occupied Paris: The Sweet and the Cruel.. (December 17, 2009).. The Journal of Hélène Berr.. translated from the French and with an introduction and an essay by David Bellos, and an afterword by Mariette Job.. Journal, 1940 1950.. by Philippe Jullian.. Résistance: Memoirs of Occupied France.. by Agnès Humbert, translated from the French and with notes by Barbara Mellor, and an afterword by Julien Blanc.. Jean Cocteau.. by Claude Arnaud.. 1940 1945 Années érotiques: De la Grande Prostituée à la revanche des mâles.. by Patrick Buisson.. Les Parisiens sous l'Occupation: Photographies en couleurs d'André Zucca.. by Jean Baronnet, with a preface by Jean-Pierre Azéma.. Escape in Japan.. (June 11, 2009).. Tokyo Sonata.. a film directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi.. Living with Islam.. (May 14, 2009).. Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East.. by Gilles Kepel.. La peur des barbares: Au-dela du choc des civilisations.. by Tzvetan Todorov.. Desire in Berlin.. (December 4, 2008).. Kirchner and the Berlin Street.. an exhibition at the Museum of Metropolitan Art, New York City.. The Lessons of the Master.. (November 20, 2008).. The World is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.. Naipaul.. by Patrick French.. Ghosts.. June 26, 2008).. Standard Operating Procedure.. a film directed by Errol Morris.. by Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris.. The Cruelest War.. (May 1, 2008).. Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45.. by Max Hastings.. The Genius of Berlin.. (January 17, 2008).. Berlin Alexanderplatz.. directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.. Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz.. Catalog of the exhibition edited by Klaus Biesenbach.. 'His Toughness Problem \and Ours': An Exchange (November 8, 2007).. His Toughness Problem \and Ours (September 27, 2007).. World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism by Norman Podhoretz.. Herzog and His Heroes.. (July 19, 2007).. Rescue Dawn.. a film written and directed by Werner Herzog.. Werner Herzog: Documentaries and Shorts, 1962-1999.. Herzog (Non)Fiction.. Fascinating Narcissism.. (June 14, 2007).. Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl.. by Steven Bach.. Leni Riefenstahl: A Life.. by Jurgen Trimborn, translated from the German by Edna McCown.. Dressing for Success.. (March 15, 2007).. Glory in a Line: A Life of Foujita, the Artist Caught Between East and West.. by Phyllis Birnbaum.. Thailand: All the King's Men.. (March 1, 2007).. The King Never Smiles: A Biography of Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej.. by Paul M.. Handley.. Eastwood's War.. (February 15, 2007).. Flags of Our Fathers.. a film directed by Clint Eastwood.. Letters from Iwo Jima.. a film directed by Clint Eastwood.. For a comprehensive listing of Ian Buruma's articles for the New York Review of books, sta.. r.. ting from 1985, please refer to:.. nybooks.. com/authors/8.. (partial list).. Letter From Europe, Le Divorce (January 10, 2011).. Letter From Amsterdam (December 7, 2009).. The Malay Dilemma (May 16, 2009).. After America (April 21, 2008).. Is the West being overtaken by the rest?.. War and Remembrance (September 18, 2006).. Shrouded by the Gunter Grass controversy is an extraordinary new memoir.. Kim World (August 22, 2005).. Inside the North Korean Slave State.. Final Cut (January 3, 2005).. After a filmmaker's murder, the Dutch creed of tolerance has come under siege.. Lost in Translation.. The two minds of Bernard Lewis (June 14, 2004).. Blood Libel.. Hitler and history in the dock (April 16, 2001).. Tiananmen Inc.. (May 31, 1999).. Becoming Japanese, Profile of Murakami Haruki.. (December 23, 1996).. Getting to Know Zhou.. On Eldest Son: Zhou Enlai and the Making of Modern China, by Han Suyin and Bitter Winds: A memoir of My Years in China's Gulag, by Harry Wu and Carolyn Wakeman (May 23, 1994).. The New York Times Magazine.. Of Musical Import (May 4, 2008).. THE WAY WE LIVE NOW; Political Games (September 23, 2007).. Tariq Ramadan Has an Identity Issue (February 4, 2007).. Mr.. Vengeance (April 9, 2006).. Uncaptive Minds (February 20, 2005).. An Islamic  ...   monsters - A controversial new German film sets out to demystify Hitler's downfall and his seduction of ordinary people - yet it falls into a trap laid by the self-mythologising dictator himself (March 19, 2005).. Blogs in the machine Such is the influence of the weblog on the news agenda that it has helped to create and destroy US politicians.. Should we trust the lone operator with a laptop? (March 12, 2005).. Tortured logic - Those who inflict suffering to extract information argue it is justified to prevent atrocities against the innocent.. But its use eats away at the very civilisation they claim to protect (February 5, 2005).. The rest is history - China's insistent portrayal of Japan as brutal aggressor shows how ethnic nationalism is still used to shore up authoritarianism.. It's a tack that owes much to the west (January 22, 2005).. Injury time - Anti-Semitic taunts from Dutch football crowds highlight a classic dilemma of democracy.. We might not like what someone says, or who is saying it - but are we prepared to force them to give up the right to say it? (November 6, 2004).. Lights, camera, manifesto - Movie propaganda tells us life is a stark choice between good and evil.. But can we enjoy the film if we don't buy the political ticket? (October 9, 2004).. We shall not be moved - Israel is a dangerous place, so why did Ariel Sharon call for French Jews to emigrate there? And what prompted France's community leaders to reject the invitation so passionately? (September 11, 2004).. They all lived happily ever after - Saddam Hussein isn't the first dictator to turn his hand to novel writing.. So why is it that, when absolute rulers pick up their pens, the results are always something of a fiction? (August 7, 2004).. Just following orders - When stories such as the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib emerge, British and US media tend to seek out the human-interest angle and home in on a few "bad apples".. By doing so, they wilfully miss the point about the political culture that permits the actions of these individuals (July 3, 2004).. Popular authoritarianism - Thailand might seem an unlikely cause for concern compared with Iraq or Sudan, but creeping strictures on freedom of expression and the Has the peremptory shooting of drug dealers have rung alarm bells.. prospect of wealth damped public concern for accountable governance? (June 12, 2004).. Reality cheque - A journalist makes up stories and becomes a minor celebrity; talk-show hosts make or break politicians; a government turns to Hollywood to produce its "news".. Who is to blame for blurring the line between fact and fiction, and what happened to the obligation to be truthful? (May 15, 2004).. Divide and rue - Israel is not the first, and probably won't be the last, state to build a wall around its citizens.. But history shows that a barrier designed to protect can also isolate and harm (April 17, 2004).. Chinoise utopia - Voltaire idealised China for its secularity and its educated elite while Jean-Paul Sartre was swept away by Maoism.. Jacques Chirac's motivations for courting China are more pragmatic (March 6, 2004).. It's not a competition - The struggle for victimhood is one of the contemporary world's least edifying contests.. Ian Buruma argues that it.. LH.. -creates hatred, suspicion and dry tinder for those with incendiary political agendas (November 29, 2003).. Wielding the moral club - The left is miring itself in anti-Americanism, says Ian Buruma, instead of saving the Iraqis (September 13, 2003).. Comment and Analysis.. Globalisation is turning the West against its elites (December 13, 2013).. In search of the elusive European soul (April 2, 2007).. Tyranny in the twenty-first century (January 7, 2007).. From Italy to Thailand, power lies with the urban middle class (April 11, 2006).. China's persistent Japan syndrome (April 14, 2005).. A flame of enlightenment has been extinguished (January 4, 2005).. Politics and blind faith do not mix (June 10, 2004).. A loss of identity: In an election dominated by symbols, the Tories' rhetoric has lost its potency (May 12, 2001 Saturday).. Europe's mercantile spirit rediscovered (January 10, 2001).. Poetry moves China's rulers to repression (August 25, 2000).. The Los Angeles Times.. There's no.. 44-caliber Koran.. Op-Ed: It's easy to go too far while banning words in the name of preventing violence (April 29, 2007).. The Sunday Times.. Liberal Holland hits the cultural panic button (November 19, 2006).. The Guardian.. The Joy of Art: Why Japan Embraced Sex with a Passion (September 27 2013).. National Treasures (August 4, 2007).. Here is a.. list.. of Ian Buruma's contributions to The Guardian starting from 1996 to 2006.. Most articles are available on the internet, including his weekly columns for G2, from September 25, 2001 to January 28, 2003.. Numerous other articles, such as Buruma's interview with Yasser Arafat "Portrait: More Tea, Mister Chairman" (August 8, 2003) can also be found there.. The New Republic.. The Freedom to Offend (September 04, 2006).. The Anti-American (April 29, 2002).. Class Acts (September 24, 2001).. The Romance of Exile (February 12, 2001).. Centerfold (April 3, 2000).. The Tin Ear (January 31, 2000).. Two Cheers for Orientalism (January 4 11, 1999).. Freedom and Charm (November 16, 1998).. News of the Weird (March 30, 1998).. Wolf in Wolf's Clothing (July 14 21 1997).. Spandau Ballet (November 13, 1995).. Sunrise, Sunset (March 20, 1995).. Trading Places (April 18, 1994).. Travel and Leisure.. Iconic Texas (December 2007).. Phnom Penh Now (December 2007).. The End of the Earth (November 2006).. Manchurian Dreams (February 2006).. Tokyo Lost and Found (August 2oo4).. Behind the Arab Curtain (December 2003).. Cultural Revolution (June 2003).. Set in Stone (March 2003).. Double Dutch (October 2001).. Made in China (January 2001).. The National Interest (Nov.. /Dec.. 2010).. The Assault on Liberals.. The Nation.. Europe's Turn to the Right (August 2011).. Newsweek.. City: The Hague (19 June 2011).. Chronicle of Higher Education.. Origins of Occidentalism (February 6, 2004).. BBC.. Radio 4 MacArthur's Baby.. Originally broadcast in the UK on March 14 and 21, 2003, this acclaimed radio documentary written and hosted by Ian Buruma takes a look at "a vivid cast of characters from the Occupation years: among them jazz singers, filmmakers, idealistic reformers, secret revolutionaries and ruthless gangsters.. ".. TIME.. Junichiro Koizumi: The PM Who Shook Up Old Japan (May 8, 2006).. Lee Kuan Yew \The Philosopher King (April 18, 2005).. Land of Milk and Honeys: The ages haven't withered the West's pursuit of erotic satisfaction in Asia (July 18, 2004).. The Last of the Strongmen: Even with Mahathir gone, Asian authoritarianism is alive and kicking (October 20, 2003).. The Princess: DIANA Why could we not avert our eyes from her? Was it because she beckoned? Or was there something else we longed for? (June 14, 1999).. Lost without a Faith: In the Spiritual Vacuum of the Postwar Years, Some Japanese Seek New Gods, cover story (April 3, 1995).. Foreign Affairs.. Taiwan's New Nationalists: Democracy with Taiwanese Characteristics (July/August 1996).. The Observer.. Comment: Culture is no excuse for China denying its people democracy (February 3, 2008).. Review on Life Sentences: Literacy Essays, by Joseph Epstein, W.. W.. Norton (March 29, 1998).. Review on The Aachen Memorandum, by Andrew Roberts, Weidenfeld Nicolson (October 15, 1995)..

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    Descriptive info: New Literature From Europe 2014.. December 6.. Austrian Cultural Forum.. 11E 52d St.. , New York.. Le Monde Festival.. Debate with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Sylvie Goulard, Heinz Wismann.. Opera Bastille.. 2pm.. 20 September 2014.. Chicago Humanities Festival.. 11:30am.. November 1, 2014.. New York Public Library.. A.. Schwarzman building, South Court Auditorium.. October 17 2013.. 7:00pm.. Conversations from the Cullman Center.. Ian Buruma and Martin Amis.. Watershed, Bristol.. October 11.. 17:45.. Festival of Ideas.. Royal Festival Hall, London.. Purcell Room.. October 6.. 12noon.. The Rest is Noise.. Rijksmuseum.. Amsterdam.. October 5.. Nacht van de Geschiedenis.. Politics and Prose.. 'Year Zero: A History of 1945'.. October 1.. 7pm.. 5015 Connecticut Ave  ...   of Leuven.. May 21.. Promotiezaal, Universiteitshal, Naamsestraat 22.. Leuven.. Radboud University, Nijmegen.. May 22.. Collegezalencomplex Radboud Universiteit, Mercatorpad 1.. Jaipur Literature Festival.. January 24-28.. Jaipur, India.. Why History Matters.. Conversation with Timothy Snyder.. October 17, 6:30.. Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus.. 113 West 60th Street, NY.. Wer Wind sat, wird Sturm Ernten.. October 7.. Kreisky Forum.. Vienna.. Backlash: From European Populism to the Tea Party.. September 27.. Texas A M University.. College Station, Texas.. Dialogue with Pankaj Mishra.. September 24.. New School, New York.. nypl.. org/audiovideo/pankaj-mishra-conversation-ian-buruma.. Mind the Book Festival.. Saturday, March 10, 2012.. Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23.. 9000.. Gent.. Rudy Kousbroek Lezing.. Friday, April 13 2012.. De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam..

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    Descriptive info: BBC Radio 4, Open Book, Ian Buruma on.. The China Lover.. (November 30, 2008).. WNYC - The Leonard Lopate Show.. (October 6, 2008).. New Fiction from Ian Buruma.. Ian Buruma fs new novel,.. , is based on the life of the Japanese actress known to American audiences as Shirley Yamaguchi.. FrontPage magazine.. com: Murder in Amsterdam by Jamie Glazov.. Ian Buruma's answers given to the magazine's online interview (April 13, 2007).. The Book Show.. Radio NationalABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).. Writing of Murder in Holland.. (March 26, 2007).. Pivotal Moments.. (September 29, 2006).. Journalist Ian Buruma examines the political and cultural reverberations of the 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.. Fresh Air from WHYY.. Exploring the Case of Theo van Gogh's Murder.. (September 26, 2006).. WNYC -  ...   uncle, John Schlesinger, directed many unforgettable films, including.. Midnight Cowboy.. Sunday Bloody Sunday.. , and.. Marathon Man.. He also happened to be a consummate storyteller.. In a new book, Buruma shares many of these stories, which he documented through a series of conversations he and his uncle had toward the end of Schlesingers's life.. " (February 26, 2006).. Die Wut auf den Westen.. , Die Zeit (July 14, 2005) - in German only.. Der japanische Kaiser war kein Hitler, sagt Ian Buruma.. , Die Tagezeitung (April 13, 2005) - in German only.. Waarom het Oosten het Westen zo haat.. , De Standaard (December 2, 2004) - in Dutch only.. Marathon-Interview.. , Radio 1, The Netherlands.. Djoeke Veeninga in gesprek met schrijver/journalist Ian Buruma (July 16, 2004)- in Dutch only..

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    Descriptive info: The Observer Comment.. Culture is no excuse for China denying its people democracy.. (February 3, 2008).. The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed.. It's easy to go too far while banning words in the name of preventing violence (April 29, 2007).. The Financial Times Comment and Analysis.. In search  ...   York Times Magazine.. Tariq Ramadan Has an Identity Issue.. (February 4, 2007).. How to Talk About Israel.. (August 31, 2003).. The New York Times Op-Ed.. Hard Luck for a Hard-Liner.. (May 19, 2006).. The Chronicle of Higher Education.. Origins of Occidentalism.. (February 6, 2004).. Radio 4.. MacArthur's Baby..

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    Descriptive info: Born on December 28, 1951, in.. The Hague.. , The Netherlands, to a British mother and a Dutch father.. Ian Buruma is a Dutch citizen.. He has been b.. ased in.. New York City.. since 2005.. Higher Education and Degrees.. Kandidaat.. in Chinese Literature and History at Leyden University, 1971-75.. Postgraduate Scholarship in Japanese Cinema at Nihon.. University.. College.. of.. Arts.. (Nichidai Geijutsu Gakko), Tokyo, Japan,1975-77.. Honorary Doctorate in Theology,.. Groningen.. , 2004.. Professional Experience.. Worked as a documentary filmmaker and photographer in.. Tokyo (.. 1977-80).. Cultural Editor of.. , Hong Kong (1983-86).. Foreign Editor of.. London (1.. 990-91).. Chairman of Humanities Centre,.. Central.. European.. , Budapest (2000-04).. Board Member of The Einstein Forum, Potsdam, since 2005.. Board Member of Human Rights in.. China.. New York.. , since 2006.. Faculty Member, Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria (March-April, 2007).. Curator, "Gamblers, Gangsters, and Other Anti-Heroes:The Japanese Yakuza Movie", Asia Society, New York (March-April, 2008).. Since 2003, Ian Buruma is Henry R.. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights Journalism at.. Bard College.. NY.. In this function, he has:.. - offered courses in.. War Crime Trials.. Modern Japanese History.. Great Dictators.. Intellectual Currents against the West, Religion and Democracy.. WWII from US and Japanese Perspectives.. - also taught in the Bard Prison Programme, at Eastern Correctional Institution, NY, Spring 2004.. Fellowships and Prizes.. Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg,.. Berlin.. , 1991-92.. Fellow,.. Woodrow.. Wilson.. Center..  ...   Europe.. (Weidenfeld Nicolson, 1999) in the.. Bad Elements: Among the Rebels, Dissidents, and Democrats of Greater.. : 1853-1964.. Occidentalism: The.. West in the Eyes of its Enemies.. (Penguin.. USA.. , 2004).. (Penguin, 2006).. (Penguin, 2008).. (Penguin, 2010).. Grenzen aan de vrijheid.. (Lemniscaat, 2010).. Other Publications.. Regular contributor to.. , The.. New York Times Magazine.. The New.. Yorker.. Project Syndicate,.. and other publications in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.. Languages.. English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese.. Named Lectures, among others:.. Van der Leeuw Lezing,.. University (1993).. Lionel Trilling Lecture,.. Columbia.. University (1998).. Huizinga Lezing,.. Leyden.. University (2000).. Takahashi Lecture,.. Stanford.. University (2002).. Olin Lecture,.. University of Chicago.. (2003).. Robert B.. Silvers Lecture,.. Public Library (2004).. Annie Sonnenblick Lecture, Wesleyan University (.. 2006).. Stafford Little Lectures, Princeton University (2008).. Numerous other lectures and keynote speeches at: Princeton; Harvard; UCLA; New School, New York; New York University; University of Pennsylvania, City University of New York; Trinity College; University of North Carolina; University of Toronto; University of Michigan; Kenyon College; Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin; Frankfurt University; St.. Antony's College, Oxford; London School of Economics; Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC; University of Notre Dame, Indiana; Berkeley Journalism School; SAIS Johns Hopkins, Washington DC; Emory University, Atlanta; Council of Foreign Relations, New York; Asia Society, New York; Japan Society, London and New York; Mount Holyoke, Mass; Rubin Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art..

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    Descriptive info: reviews.. Guardian.. Times.. Financial Times.. Daily Mail.. Wall Street Journal.. New York Times.. New York Review of Books.. Kirkus Review.. Sunday Times.. The Australian.. The Daily Telegraph.. The Jewish Chronicle..

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    Descriptive info: Murder in Amsterdam Author Ian Buruma discusses the Death of Theo van Gogh and the limits of tolerance.. * Frontpage Interview fs guest today is Ian Buruma, currently Luce Professor at Bard College.. His previous books include God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Missionary & The Libertine, Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania, and Bad Elements.. He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Financial Times.. He is the author of the new book Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance.. FP: Ian Buruma, welcome to Frontpage Interview.. Buruma: Thank you.. FP: What inspired you to write this book? Buruma: I grew up in The Netherlands, but left in 1975.. The murder of van Gogh was an opportunity to see how the country had changed.. It was also a story with three characters who interested me: van Gogh himself, the Somali-born politician and activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and Mohammed Bouyeri, the killer, born in Amsterdam of Moroccan parents.. All three represented different aspects of the modern world which were headed for a violent clash.. FP: Tell us briefly who Theo Van Gogh was and how and why he was killed.. Buruma: Van Gogh was a filmmaker, columnist, and professional provocateur, who lived to stir things up.. Born in a well-to-do upper-middle-class family, he was a child of the 1960s: hedonistic, anti-authoritarian, secular.. But he was also in some ways a typical product of Dutch Calvinism.. Bluntness, even crass insults were elevated to being virtues, signs of honesty.. Tact, to him, was a form of hypocrisy, more typical of Catholics.. In his battle against hypocrisy, he was indiscriminate.. He denounced Jewish writers for drawing attention to themselves by referring to the Holocaust.. He denounced Christianity in general.. He denounced social democrats for being soft on Muslims.. He denounced Muslims for being like the Nazis.. He denounced the social-democratic mayor of Amsterdam, a Jew who tried to find common ground with non-violent Muslim citizens, for behaving like Nazi collaborator.. And all this in the spirit of gthe village idiot h.. Unfortunately, Bouyeri, a radicalized revolutionary Muslim, failed to see the humor in van Gogh fs insults to his faith, and murdered him.. The immediate reason was eSubmission f, a short film, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and directed by van Gogh.. FP: It is particularly significant that this occurred in Holland? Share with us where Holland stands in the culture and terror war.. Buruma: It is significant only because Holland was particularly proud of being the most successful, most tolerant, most generous liberal multicultural society in Europe.. The murder came as a shock, because, like World War II, this should never have happened in Holland.. In a kind of panic reaction, it was often the most vociferous believers in multiculturalism who suddenly decided that everything they had stood for was wrong.. New alliances were formed between social conservatives who had always been suspicious of foreigners, and of Islam in particular, and old leftists who saw Islam as a threat to liberal values, associated with the Enlightenment.. FP: So is "Eurabia', or an Islamized Europe, a real possibility? How is the U.. situation different? Buruma: No, it is not a real possibility.. The Muslims are too small in number to convert Europe to their religion, and many Muslims are not devout anyway.. The danger is not gIslamicization h, but a violent revolutionary movement affecting disaffected youths, born in Europe.. The violent faith-based politics of the Middle-East offers a ready-made cause to these young people, comparable to the appeal of Maoism in the past.. The cause is often transmitted through the Internet.. This revolutionary movement must be isolated by coming to some kind of accommodation with the mainstream Muslims.. The Dutch, who are often as dogmatic in their secularism, as they used to be in their Christianity, are not best placed at the moment to do this.. FP: Accommodation of Muslims? Sorry I don ft understand you here.. Shouldn ft Muslims be accepting the values of the society to which they immigrate? How do we accommodate followers of a religion who do not believe in secularism and want to see the implementation of Islamic law? Why do you put the onus on the host society to accommodate those who don ft believe in tolerance and in  ...   in their new societies by their Muslim overseers ? as Bruce Bawer has demonstrated in While Europe Slept and Phyllis Chesler has shown in The Death of Feminism.. Buruma: Since you seem to know so precisely what I am aware of, and what I take into account, there may be little point in my continuing this discussion.. Still, I will try.. Of course, I am not in favour of enforcing the veil.. There are many instances even in liberal societies of people (parents and others) trying to enforce their views.. This is to be condemned.. But I would not wish the state to intervene too much in the private lives of citizens, unless they commit violent or illegal acts.. If a woman is violently attacked for not wearing a veil, the police should act to enforce the law.. I think you are mistaken about the dynamics of Islamist extremism in Europe today.. The main perpetrators of violence in the name of religion in Europe are not, on the whole, the original guest workers or refugees who retained the cultures of their native countries.. It is their children, born in Europe, who are vulnerable to a modern, violent revolutionary creed.. This must be resisted.. But in that necessary struggle, the veil, in my opinion, is a distraction.. FP: Well, the veil and its enforcement crystallizes the difference between those who believe in individual freedom and those who do not.. And I think that authors such as Bruce Bawer and Phyllis Chesler touch on a valid issue when they shed light on the horrible oppression that, for instance, many Muslim girls suffer from their families on the territory of a free Western society ? let alone anywhere else.. Let fs turn to former leftists.. How come you think so many of them have become neo-cons? Buruma: Disillusion with former leftist positions, because of the perceived failure of multiculturalism and Third World liberation movements.. A penchant for radical action and heroic causes.. Impatience with wishy-washy, unheroic liberals, who always try to see the other side of any question, and thus are loth to take radical action.. Strong anti-clericalism which, in the tradition of the old left, is quick to see any religious orthodoxy as a form of eclerico-fascism.. f FP: So if multiculturalism failed, what will succeed? Being easy on the intolerant in a tolerant society isn ft going to make the problem go away.. Buruma: True, problems don ft always just go away.. Nor will intolerance ever totally disappear.. There are many forms of intolerance in any society.. Islamic intolerance is but one instance.. We can tolerate intolerant views.. What we cannot tolerate are views imposed with violence.. FP: So what are some recommendations you have for Western societies in their effort to deal with radical Islam on their territory? Buruma: If by radical Islam you mean violent revolutionary Islamism, this must be dealt with in the same way states dealt with other forms of revolutionary violence in the past, by monitoring, investigating, infiltrating, and arresting.. It is mainly a matter for intelligence services and the police.. At the same time we must take measures to prevent such groups from gaining recruits or sympathy among the wider community of Muslims.. This can only be done successfully if Muslims feel accepted as equal citizens.. That means a more open job market in Europe, less social discrimination, better education.. Stigmatizing people as potential terrorists because they wear headscarves or beards would not be helpful.. FP: At the same time, a Muslim does make a certain political statement by the manner in which he/she dresses.. If a Muslim woman covers her face, she is making a statement to the host society in which she lives.. Many Muslims in Europe have also resisted assimilation, in accord with EU/Arab League agreements going back to the 1970s -- so the onus isn't only on the Europeans.. Ian Buruma, thank you for joining us today.. Buruma: Wearing a veil is not always a political statement.. It can simply be an expression of faith, as are the black suits and wigs worn by Hassidim.. I would not be in favor of banning such expressions in the name of assimilation.. That is why I enjoy living in the United States, where people can live the way they want, as long as they abide by the laws.. It was a pleasure talking to you.. 1..

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    Descriptive info: In search of the elusive European soul By Ian Buruma Published: April 2 2007 03:00 | Last updated: April 2 2007 03:00 The European Union was a baby conceived by many fathers, including the very American George Marshall, whose famous plan abolished trade barriers and fostered economic co-operation between European nations.. A union of 27 nations was not even a dream 50 years ago, when six countries formed the European Economic Community.. Now that we have a union, nobody appears to love it very much.. The French and the Dutch, in a fit of pique, voted against an EU constitution that few people bothered to read.. Who can blame them? It was unreadable.. "We must give a soul to Europe," said Angela Merkel, German chancellor, whose country currently presides over the EU.. Speaking at a recent conference entitled A Soul for Europe, the German filmmaker Wim Wenders struck a similar note.. He fretted about a spiritual vacuum where the heart of Europe should be.. Not surprisingly for a man in his line of business, he believes that the spirit is made of celluloid and the European soul is found in movies by Pedro Almodovar, Federico Fellini and Andrzej Wajda.. Alas, however, to use a phrase from one of Mr Wenders' films: -"America has colonised our soul".. Europeans are hopelessly addicted to Hollywood.. It is a Romantic notion, of course, this idea of a national or continental soul.. For 19th-century German patriots it meant a national spirit, expressed in poetry and philosophy, which challenged French rationalism.. For conservatives between the two world wars, and to many Europeans of Mr Wenders' generation, it means liberation from American materialism.. The US is all about money, while Europe, according to Mr Wenders, "is not only about markets, it is also about values and culture".. More than that, he thinks of Europe as something "holy".. In Mr Wenders' view, to find an alternative to the American dream, Europeans, especially those who are filmmakers, should create a sacred European dream.. Ms Merkel is more down to earth.. She spoke of a "Europe of the projects", citing "proper power networks" and "proper gas pipelines", such as theBaltic Sea pipeline being built from Russia to Germany..  ...   a religious person the soul is more tangible.. The late Pope John Paul II wanted the Christian faith to be mentioned in the European constitution.. The Hungarian primate, Monsignor Peter Erdoe, stated that "without Christianity the heart of Europe would be missing".. Poland's government takes the same line.. Judaeo-Christianity, with the cultures of Greece and Rome, is part of a common European history.. But now that most Europeans pride themselves on being secular and many religious Europeans are either Muslims or immigrants from former European colonies, a religious definition of the European soul would be dishonest and wrong.. Then again, secular Europeans who would never set foot in a church or synagogue often oppose the membership of Turkey in the EU, not just because of problems with human rights but because it is not Christian.. Few people say this openly, of course, for fear of looking prejudiced.. They prefer to talk of the Enlightenment as the thing that holds Europe together.. But the claim that "Enlightenment values" define the soul of Europe would be rather odd, for values of free speech and scientific inquiryare shared by people all over the world.. We do not admire the Enlightenment for reasons of national spirit, but on the contrary for its universal worth.. So perhaps Europe's 50th birthday should be an occasion to halt the hyperbole.. European co-operation began as a practical economic project, not a spiritual one.. That is as it should be.. The Enlightenment has taught us that enlightened self-interest oftenproduces the highest value.. The most inspiring thing about the EU is the mobility of its citizens, the way Europeans can live and work anywhere they want in Europe.. Let there be more Polish builders in Paris, British designers in Berlin, French entrepreneurs in London.. One of the great ironies of thepast few decades is the way that London, the capital of a nation that rejected so many European dreams, has become the great European metropolis.. People are coming from all over Europe because London offers them freedom to pursue their dreams.. These are frequently materialistic and sometimes even base, but altogether they make up something that, for want of a better word, might be called a European soul..

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