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Ian Buruma, Lecturer: "Lee Koran, Japanese Imperialism, and Multi-Racial Propaganda"

Friday, October 27, at 3:30 pm in the Harry Ransom Center

Posted: September 20, 2006

Lecture: "Lee Koran, Japanese Imperialism, and Multi-Racial Propaganda"

"The Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo was an example of brutal colonialism. What made it remarkable was its excuse: a utopian ideal of multi-racial harmony and Asian liberation. The movie star, Lee Koran, a Japanese woman born in Manchuria, was at the center of this propaganda effort. An examination of her films and the climate in which they were produced will present a uniquely modern—and perhaps 'relevant'—picture of idealism gone hopelessly awry."

About Our Guest Speaker: Ian Buruma, Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights Journalism at Bard College, NY, is the author of numerous books, including several on Japanese history and culture. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and other publications in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His lecture on the life of Lee Koran (also known as Shirley Yamaguchi among American movie fans) is based on his current book project. On October 28, Mr. Buruma will introduce his latest book, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (Penguin, 2006) at the Texas Book Festival. For more on Ian Buruma, visit

* This event is made possible by proceeds from the Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift American, Inc. Endowment

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