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German Memories Are Harsher Than Most

For Germany, history is still a minefield. A few weeks ago, I gave a talk at a conference titled “Japan’s War Memories: Amnesia or Concealment?” that was hosted by the University of San Francisco and the Japan Policy Research Institute. As you can guess, the question mark was pretty much a rhetorical one. Speaker after speaker upbraided the Japanese for failing to confront their war crimes, most notably the rape of Nanking in December 1937. Though disturbing, there was nothing particularly surprising, I noted, about the Japanese attempt to smooth over the unpleasant parts of their history. Did the Germans apologize for wiping out French villages or bombarding Paris in 1870? The difference in 1945, of course, was that the Holocaust was a unique act, one that left Germany, unlike other nations, no room for dodging. Sometimes you've got to drink to forget.Sometimes you’ve got to… Read on here...

Indian Food In Britain A Chip Off The Ol’ Curry

It’s hard to miss the Indian restaurants flourishing on Britain’s high streets. There are about 8,000 of them with an annual turnover of a [pounds]1 1/2 billion pounds. This enthusiasm for Indian foods has been fostered by immigrants, especially Bangladeshis, who entice customers with the rich aromas of their spicy and often inexpensive meals. But while the number of Indian restaurants–and the range of Indian ingredients on the supermarket shelves–is a new phenomenon, the British love affair with the food of India began in 1608 when the East India Company set up in business near Bombay. In the following centuries the British who lived and worked in India adopted many dishes and cooking techniques, often weaving them into their own culinary tradition to create an array of dishes that are neither Indian nor English, but Anglo-Indian. Many remain as beloved… Read on here...