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ERIC Number: ED478732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 17
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Japanese Comic Illustrations and Children's Picture/Illustrated Books of East Asia.
Ho, Laina
This paper examines the influence of Japanese comic illustrations on children's books in countries in East Asia. It has become increasingly obvious that recent children's books in countries like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, as well as China and Malaysia/Indonesia contain illustrations with some features of the Japanese comic illustrations. This influence is primarily due to Japanese popular culture that pervades not only in comics and the media but also in fashion and pop culture especially among the young in East Asia. This study shows that although Japanese comic illustration has played a role in children's book illustrations, the influence is more obvious in commercially produced books compared to those that tell traditional folk tales, mythology, and legends. These picture books from all countries in East Asia continue to use serious artwork that is ethnically authentic. However, in mass-produced easy readers there is invariably some imitation of Japanese comic illustrations. A small survey of Singapore children shows that young readers are familiar with Japanese pop culture and show positive reading response to books with Japanese comic illustrations. Includes one chart and 21 references. An appendix contains a list of children's picture books from the People's Republic of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia, and Singapore. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan