13 February 2012 @ 11:05 pm

For those interested in reading it, I am actually quite proud of the damn thing and would love to hear your thoughts :D It is about 50 pages long, I should warn you, but not terribly dense? Or at least not to me, but then, I wrote it. Here's the abstract, if you're wondering what its about:

In recent years, manga, anime and other elements of Japanese pop culture have gained increasing popularity in the United States. This has led to a wider awareness of Japanese culture through the appropriation these pop culture materials as a source of cultural information. Manga, in particular, provides visual as well as linguistic examples of Japanese culture, and thus has the potential to be an excellent source of cultural knowledge, perhaps even suitable for classroom use. However, as with any cross-cultural text, manga's ability to serve as an example of Japanese culture depends heavily on how it is translated.
Currently, most manga is translated for the purpose of entertainment, not scholarly discussion. Consequently, there is considerable push from publishing companies to gloss translations with Western ideas and cultural norms, on the assumption that the stories will then be more accessible to readers and have higher sales. Unfortunately, with growing awareness of the Japanese origins of manga, rewriting can instead lead to widespread misunderstanding of Japanese culture as being very similar to Western culture, especially when the series' pointedly retain their Japanese setting. This loss of cultural context and the misconceptions it encourages on the international stage are here exemplified through a case study of the English translation of the sports manga, The Prince of Tennis.

Yes, I used The Prince of Tennis in my thesis. Yes, I passed around books at my presentation. Yes, it was beautiful.

Link here

password: thesisofdoom

The file is a pdf, if anyone can't read that let me know. Also, there will be a proper life update entry at some point, but right now I have too much to do, so all you get is yes I'm alive, yes I have my JET interview information, yes I have too much homework and no I am not getting enough sleep.
Current Location: the eastern tower
Current Mood: ecstatic
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aeslis: 大塚愛 ★ Devilish[personal profile] aeslis on February 14th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
CONGRATULATIOONNNNSSS. I know nothing (much) about Prince of Tennis, since I was never in that fandom, but it's super awesome you got to use something you love in your thesis. That definitely makes them easier to write. ♥
rosaioko: starbucks tori[personal profile] rosaioko on February 14th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)

As for Prince of Tennis XD its one of those series you follow for the characters, not the plot or art. But yes, being able to use it in my thesis definitely made writing at least the analysis section a lot more enjoyable :DDD
it's like talking to soup[personal profile] waxrose on February 14th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
Congrats on finishing! :) I hope you can get more sleep soon. Mediafire doesn't work for me, but I'm very excited for you!
rosaioko: cat and daisy[personal profile] rosaioko on February 14th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
I hope so too >> we'll see.

And DDD: to Mediafire not working. Do any filesharing sites work? I think its too big to send by email, though maybe if I zip it...
it's like talking to soup[personal profile] waxrose on February 16th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
It's been blocked on and off in China for about a year now, so I'm used to it. :/ Umm....trying to think of what works - I usually do torrents these days so I'm not too sure. I think that Divshare works. But don't go to too much trouble!
rosaioko: aiba beauty[personal profile] rosaioko on February 16th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Well here's the divshare link, lets see if it works :)

it's like talking to soup[personal profile] waxrose on February 17th, 2012 09:39 am (UTC)
Ack, not available to users in China apparently. ://// Um. Sorry! I shall research!
rosaioko: owl[personal profile] rosaioko on February 17th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
D: damn! I had hoped that would work.

Let me know what you find. If all else fails, I can try zipping it and emailing it to you, if you're comfortable giving me your email.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: men - daito glass[personal profile] fulminata on February 14th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Way to go!!! I'm so proud of you. :D

I've downloaded it, so I'll read it when I get the chance. <3
rosaioko: aiba grin[personal profile] rosaioko on February 14th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!

:D yay! I'd love to hear what you think, once you've read it.