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 under here )

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
12 May 2011 @ 07:28 pm
Holy god in heaven I'd forgotten how much Bryn Mawr eats anything resembling life. Whew.

Where the hell I've been the last...oh...6 months? @.@ oh my life )
Current Mood: giggly
28 June 2009 @ 01:01 pm
why I don't like sakuno (and why it doesn't have anything to do with being a yaoi fangirl) )

Okay, now maybe this idea will leave me alone -.-

Current Mood: disgruntled
Current Location: my room
29 April 2009 @ 03:10 pm
I need to stop reading 20 things fics. They give me ideas.

Case in point: today, we weren't doing anything in math class except teacher evaluations so I skipped out after I'd finished and went to the computer lab to happily waste a half hour reading random prince of tennis 20 things fics. Then, halfway through chemistry, my ryoma-muse wakes up and starts poking me (and when the hell did I get a ryoma muse? not okay.) and I spend the rest of class jotting down fic-notes before I forget them instead of paying attention to the teachers lecture on electrolytic cells.

And I just spent the last hour and  a half writing the damn thing, despite the fact that I have my Japanese civ final tomorrow (and I havent even started studying, nice planning there, brit) a math quiz friday that I need to prepare for, an essay to print, and my Japanese oral final tomorrow. Oh, and I'm in the middle of laundry.

So, I only managed to get to 10 things, and with some help I may actually be able to finish this fic at some point, but that will probably be after one or more long, drawn out conversations with [personal profile] faded_lace and will take a while, so I'm posting as is for now.

Current Mood: disgruntled