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ERIC Number: ED525756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9347-4219-8
Manga High: Literacy, Identity, and Coming of Age in an Urban High School
Bitz, Michael
Harvard Education Press
Based on a four-year study, "Manga High" explores the convergence of literacy, creativity, social development, and personal identity in one of New York City's largest high schools. Since 2004, students at Martin Luther King, Jr., High School in Manhattan have been creating manga--Japanese comic books. They write the stories, design the characters, and publish their works in print and on the Internet. These students--African-American and Latino teenagers--are more than interested in the art and medium of manga. They have become completely engrossed in Japanese language, culture, and society. "Manga High" is highlighted by reproductions and content analysis of students' original art and writing. This book is divided into two parts: Part 1, The Story; and Part II, The Students. Appended are: (1) Anatomy of a Comic Book Club; (2) Methodology; and (3) Club Members' Favorite Manga. [Foreword by Francoise Mouly.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
Identifiers - Location: New York