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May 25, 1986 | Harry H. L. Kitano, Kitano's books include "Race Relations," "Japanese Americans" and "American Racism" (with Roger Daniels). and
World War II has meant different things to different people. Terms such as fighting for a noble cause, a mission to propagate the finest cultural values , of a war to combat tyranny and oppression, and a struggle to preserve freedom and democracy reflect one point of view. Others saw the struggle in political-economic terms, while for many of the victims, no matter what side, the war meant death and destruction.
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October 24, 2010 | Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cultures of War Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq John W. Dower W.W. Norton: 552 pp., $29.95 Just after the turn of the 20th century, with the United States basking in the glow of victory in the Spanish-American War, insurgents in the Philippines decided that they'd rather not have their former Spanish occupiers replaced by American occupiers. So they fought, and they were eradicated by U.S. troops in what turned out to be the first brutal military campaign of history's most violent century.
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July 24, 1990 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's foremost authority on the post-World War II American occupation of Japan and how it shaped contemporary Japanese society is leaving his endowed chair at UC San Diego for the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology. The departure of historian John Dower, the Joseph Naiman Professor of Japanese Studies at UCSD, is "truly a real loss" to the La Jolla campus, literature professor James Lyon, provost at UCSD's Fifth College and a close colleague of Dower, said last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1990 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's foremost authority on the post-World War II American occupation of Japan and how it shaped contemporary Japanese society is leaving his endowed chair at UC San Diego for the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology. The departure of historian John Dower, the Joseph Naiman Professor of Japanese Studies at UCSD, is "truly a real loss" to the La Jolla campus, literature professor James Lyon, provost at UCSD's Fifth College and a close colleague of Dower, said last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2010 | Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Cultures of War Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq John W. Dower W.W. Norton: 552 pp., $29.95 Just after the turn of the 20th century, with the United States basking in the glow of victory in the Spanish-American War, insurgents in the Philippines decided that they'd rather not have their former Spanish occupiers replaced by American occupiers. So they fought, and they were eradicated by U.S. troops in what turned out to be the first brutal military campaign of history's most violent century.
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November 18, 2010 | Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Patti Smith, the legendary rocker with a celebrity star power not often seen at literary events, received a National Book Award on Wednesday night for "Just Kids," a memoir of her close relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. "I've loved books all my life," a teary-eyed Smith said as she took the stage at the gala ceremony in New York. As a clerk at Scribner's Bookstore, she said, she shelved the National Book Award winners. "I used to wonder what it would feel like" ? and here the musician, whose many awards include a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had to stop to regain her composure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2000
One of the most carefully nurtured myths of the post-World War II era is that Japan's Emperor Hirohito was little more than a figurehead, a passive front man, for the militarists who waged aggression across Asia in the 1930s and '40s. In fact, as historians long ago began to discover, Hirohito was closely involved in the war that was fought in his name and that ended only when he reluctantly decided in August 1945 to accept Allied terms for Japan's surrender.
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July 14, 2006 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
It's not Zidane-head-butt-to-the-chest invigorating, but the documentary "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos" does provide an exuberant look at a heady moment in America's soccer past that is well worth remembering. However, beginning with its hyperbolic title, the film would seem to overstate the lingering importance of the team's bright lights and big-city implosion and suffers from a certain amount of sloppiness in its execution.
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April 17, 2001 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 2001 Pulitzer Prizes in the letters, drama and music categories had one winner joking about an unlikely trifecta. Composer John Corigliano, who Monday was named as the Pulitzer music winner for his Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra, last year took home an Oscar for best original score for the feature film "The Red Violin." Reached by phone Monday at his home in Manhattan, Corigliano, 63, joked that for next year, he has his eye on the Nobel Prize.
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April 11, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Smokin' Joe is on the phone and upside my head, joking, singing and jawing once again about the fight of the decade, of the century, some would say of all time: the so-called "Thrilla in Manila." Justifiable or not, hyperbole was the order of the day on Oct.
BOOKS
May 25, 1986 | Harry H. L. Kitano, Kitano's books include "Race Relations," "Japanese Americans" and "American Racism" (with Roger Daniels). and
World War II has meant different things to different people. Terms such as fighting for a noble cause, a mission to propagate the finest cultural values , of a war to combat tyranny and oppression, and a struggle to preserve freedom and democracy reflect one point of view. Others saw the struggle in political-economic terms, while for many of the victims, no matter what side, the war meant death and destruction.
OPINION
December 10, 2003
"Bush Taps Baker for Iraq Task" (Dec. 6), about former secretary of State James A. Baker III and the attempt to thrash out the Iraqi debt muddle, avoided an agonizing question. Isn't a world society in which a bloody tyrant can be showered with such enormous sums of money utterly intolerable? Most people have never murdered, robbed, raped, tortured or enslaved anybody, and they have trouble getting a car loan. Saddam Hussein and his henchmen committed these crimes many thousands of times over for three decades and they were bankrolled by the international community to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1989 | DAVID SMOLLAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By heading seminars on U.S. history and culture for Chinese scholars and graduate students in Nanjing earlier this month, eight UC San Diego academics say, they sent a strong signal of encouragement to those Chinese who support continued ties to America at a time of strained Sino-American relations. The professors both lectured and brainstormed informally with 37 Chinese specialists on U.S.
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