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Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. Much of his works focuses on Asian culture, particularly China and 20th century Japan.

From 1983 to 1986, Buruma, a native of the Netherlands, was cultural editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong; and from 1990 to 1991, he was foreign editor of The Spectator in London. He has also been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin; the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; St. Antony's College at Oxford; the Remarque Institute at New York University; and the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library.

Buruma has written for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Guardian, the Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. His books include Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance; Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents; and Year Zero: A History of 1945.

In 2008, Buruma was awarded the Erasmus Prize and Shorenstein Journalism Award. In 2010, he was named one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy.



Last Updated: Mar 06, 2017

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