The Newsletter 56 Spring 2011

The exceptional Asian: The fetish for culture In India and Japan

Olga Kanzaki SooudiAjay Gandhi

This Asian nation has a rich civilization but a troubled recent past. Its cultural genius has all too often been submerged by misguided rulers and foreign intervention. Increasingly integrated into circuits of global capital, having cracked the universal code of modernity, it is rapidly ascendant as an economic super-power. Having rebuilt itself out of the ashes of mass violence, and no longer a middling backwater, this Asian country demands world recognition. The west ignores it as a competitor and global player at its own peril. Which country are we speaking about? Not India in 2011, but Japan in 1970.

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