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Some perceptions from the Far East

Some perceptions from the Far East

Prof. Ian Buruma

The topic of contemporary conspiracy theories involving Jews takes us to a realm which has not been discussed in the course so far – that of the Far East.

How are the attitudes presented in this video similar and different to those discussed so far?


  • Buruma, Ian, “The Jewish Conspiracy in Asia,” Project Syndicate (February 2009).

  • Ehrlich, M. Avrum, ed., The Jewish-Chinese Nexus: A Meeting of Civilizations (London: Routledge, 2010).

  • Gao Bei, Shanghai Sanctuary: Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II (New York: Oxford University Press. 2013).

  • Goodman, David G. and Masanori Miyazawa, Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (New York: Free Press, 1995).

  • Goodman, David G., The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in Japan,” in Richard Landes and Steven T. Katz, eds., The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (New York: New York University Press, 2012), pp. 135 – 151.

  • Kowner, Rotem, “The Protocols in a Land Without Jews: A Reconsideration,” International Antisemitism, vols. 3-4 (2006), pp. 68 – 77.

  • Kowner, Rotem, “On Symbolic Antisemitism: Motives for the Success of the Protocols in Japan and Its Consequences,” Posen Papers in Contemporary Antisemitism, no. 3. (Jerusalem: The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, the Hebrew University of Jserusalem).

  • Weiner, Michael, ed., Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Japan: Imagined and Imaginary Minorites (London: Routledge, 2004).

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