Japanese British Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Literaturehttp://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41513246[Ishiguro] was praised by the Swedish Academy as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."His most famous novels The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were adapted into highly acclaimed films. He was made an OBE in 1995. ...When contacted by the BBC, he admitted he hadn't been contacted by the Nobel committee and wasn't sure whether it was a hoax.He said: "It's a magnificent honor, mainly because it means that I'm in the footsteps of the greatest authors that have lived, so that's a terrific commendation ... The world is in a very uncertain moment and I would hope all the Nobel Prizes would be a force for something positive in the world as it is at the moment."
The newspaper Sankei proclaimed him the "third Japan-born literary laureate", after Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburo Oe.Meanwhile other outlets have zoomed in on how Ishiguro - who has written two books linked to Japan - has talked about the importance of his Japanese identity....But it's also sparked a backlash online, where some have criticised the double standards in embracing a Japanese raised abroad, given recent controversies over mixed-race citizens such as politician Renho.(http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41...)
When Renho was elected the first female leader for Japan's main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday, she also broke another glass ceiling. She is the first person of mixed descent to hold the position.Her late father was from Taiwan and her mother is Japanese. Dual nationality is not allowed in Japan, and anyone born to parents of different nationalities must choose one by the age of 22.She has said she thought her father officially gave up her Taiwanese citizenship on her behalf when she was 17. ...It turns out it didn't - the official record in Taiwan has since confirmed that she still has citizenship.She has since apologised and asked for her Taiwanese citizenship to be revoked, but the controversy is likely to follow her throughout her political career.Her critics say the problem is that she lied about her nationality.Renho - who goes by only one name - insists it was a mistake not a lie....As for Renho, as the controversy over her citizenship raged on she insisted: "As a politician, I have never acted in a way other than being a Japanese citizen.") (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37...)
Interviewer: You were born in Japan and came to England when you were five . . . How Japanese would you say you are?Ishiguro: I’m not entirely like English people because I’ve been brought up by Japanese parents in a Japanese-speaking home. My parents didn’t realize that we were going to stay in this country for so long, they felt responsible for keeping me in touch with Japanese values. I do have a distinct background. I think differently, my perspectives are slightly different.Reporter: Would you say that the rest of you is English? Do you feel particularly English?Ishiguro: People are not two-thirds one thing and the remainder something else. Temperament, personality, or outlook don’t divide quite like that. The bits don’t separate clearly. You end up a funny homogeneous mixture. This is something that will become more common in the latter part of the century—people with mixed cultural backgrounds, and mixed racial backgrounds. That’s the way the world is going.
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