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God's Dust Free download Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Î Investigating the uestion of what happens to Asian cultures when traditions of the village break down and are replaced by the complexities of the modern world the author's travels took him from Burma to Japan via Thailand Malaysia Singapore the Philippines Taiwan and South KoreaInvestigating the uestion of what happens to Asian cultures when traditions of the village br. Dated but damn Buruma's writing is in a class of its own and his insights on Japan particularly are invaluable

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Eak down and are replaced by the complexities of the modern world the author's travels took h. Buruma spends as much time discussing the historical background of each country as he does recording his now somewhat dated impressions A bit dry in places but still good for getting an idea of the respective cultures

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God's DustIm from Burma to Japan via Thailand Malaysia Singapore the Philippines Taiwan and South Korea. God's Dust by Ian Buruma again one of my favorite writers of Asian culture he is thorough and has an ability to see into a culture and characterized it accurately and fairly In this book written in 1989 he goes on a tour of Asia Burma Thailand The Philippines Malaysia and Singapore Taiwan and South Korea and gives an analysis of the politics and culture of each county I found the sections on Burma Taiwan and Malaysia the most informative since I knew the least about these countries Despite the fact that it was published 15 years ago it stands the test of time well since the basic national character of a country doesn't really changeAnd that is where I found his analysis of Japan to be spot on He cites his own personal lovehate relationship with the country where he spent nearly a decade of his life so that despite his language ability and long presence there he felt chagrin at never being able to be fully accepted into that society He states Japan is the most Westernized country in Asia yet somehow the country in East Asia least touched by the west I am never sorry to leave but I always yearn to go back A sentiment that many would agree with and I would concur in relation to trips to America and abroad I will always feel the need to leave at least once a year but I often miss it while I am awayPerhaps the most incisive comment is how the Japanese stubbornly hold fast to the notion that Japanese are uniue and that foreigners are unable to understand certain Japanese concepts that reflect the Japans spirit He uses the example of a neurologist who made a name for himself by writing a book about the uniueness of the Japanese brain which he claims is uniuely sensitive to the sounds of temple bells waterfalls cicadas and other natural vibrations