Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


American Studies


Charles McGovern

Committee Members

Rachel DiNitto

Hiroshi Kitamura


Japanese popular culture, especially "anime" (cartoons) and "manga" (comics) have surged in popularity in the United States in recent years. Accordingly, the fan community for these cultural products has grown tremendously. However, disturbing trends are emerging from the community's interpretations of anime and manga, and through them, Japan. This paper examines the nature of fandom in relation to narrative and identity creation, and through tracing the history of the anime and manga fan community in the United States argues that the fan community's conception of Japan is culturally essentialist and Orientalist.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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