GE1133 - Culture and Language in Manga, Anime and Beyond

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Linguistics and Translation
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 1: Arts and Humanities
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2015/16
Semester B 2016/17 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

In Japanese-oriented contemporary pop media such as manga, anime and video games, there appear various fascinating fictional characters.  Those characters are formed and developed through different channels such as storylines, drawings/appearances, gestures/moves, sounds/voices and languages.  Various issues arise when these media are translated into another language due to their cultural and language differences.  For instance, a samurai (Japanese old-style soldier) character in the North-American version of Final Fantasy VI mimics the old-fashioned image of samurai by using the archaic second person pronoun thou instead of you:

Do simmer down, sirs!  And thou, o wild one… Who might thou be?
During the course, students are exposed to cross-cultural (i.e., Japanese and non-Japanese) data found in contemporary pop media, and conduct their own projects pertaining to the issues surrounding culture and language.  Students will share the joy of discoveries in how various features collectively form innovative and attractive characters.  No Japanese language proficiency is required.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 80%
Examination: 20%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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