I'm a writer of mostly non-fiction and I teach at Bard College, in New York.

I've written many books, many of them about East Asia, but I'm not a specialist- I've always resisted specialisation. If you want to compress my work into a particular theme, one thing that has always interested me is how people regard themselves in terms of their culture and nationality. This is a running theme through most of my books.

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A Tokyo Romance

Year Zero: A History of 1945

The Churchill Complex

Occidentalism