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Perry, Melissa Shamini, Raihanah M. M., and Zalina Mohd Lazim. "Intercultural dialogue in manga: Building friendships, sharing spaces and values." East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 9. (2023): 65–82. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1386/eapc_00089_1
BibTeX citation key: Perry2023
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Satoko and Nada", Ethnicity, Interculturalism, Japan, Manga, Religion, Yupechika
Creators: M. M., Mohd Lazim, Perry
Collection: East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
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Manga as a cultural art form delves into various sociocultural issues and narratives, and the representation of diverse cultural contexts in manga has increased over the years. The role of Japanese manga as a site for intercultural understanding and engagement is worth further investigation, and research in this area is still growing. This article explores intercultural dialogue through a case study of the Japanese manga Satoko and Nada Volume 1 by Yupechika, which narrates the friendship between Satoko, a young Japanese woman, and Nada, her Saudi Muslim roommate. It adopts a literary approach to the analysis of the manga and employs textual analysis as the methodology. The manga is analysed through the lens of interculturalism and deep dialogue focusing on the themes of food, fashion and faith. Through the analysis, readers are exposed to the narrative of intercultural engagement as portrayed by the mangaka. Yupechika incorporates pre-existing prejudices in the engagement between the two culturally diverse characters. The narrative arc reveals the importance of empathy, space and value sharing in forging intercultural understanding. This reading into Yupechika’s intercultural narrative is a microcosm of the type of dialogue needed in the world today to overcome the acute racism and xenophobia.
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