Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in A Japanese Mirror, Bad Elements and A Tokyo Romance. His other books include: The Wages of Guilt, Murder in Amsterdam (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Anglomania, Year Zero and Their Promised Land. He was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2008 and was named as one of the 100 top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010. Buruma lives in New York, where he teaches at Bard College.