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Ignorance vs. malice: comparing racism in Asia and the US

This was my latest piece from the online editon of August 17 Nikkei Aisan Review, reprinted in the magazine in shorter form as a "Tea Leaves" column.  This generated a fair amount of commentary on Twitter, and a number of re-postings.  Leave m your thoughts in the comments section below.

Ignorance vs. malice: comparing racism in Asia and the US

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Freelance journalist and former China correspondent Keith B. Richburg has spent more than 20 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S. military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China.

A native of Detroit, Richburg began working for the Post as a summer intern in 1978. He was the Post’s foreign editor from 2005 to 2007 and the New York bureau chief from 2007 to 2009. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in international relations from The London School of Economics.

Richburg is the author of Out Of America; A Black Man Confronts Africa (Basic Books, 1997). He speaks English and French and has been learning Mandarin.