Hanoi to host series of events promoting female-oriented manga

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The Japan Center in Hanoi will host a series of events entitled "Women & Manga: Connecting with Cultures beyond Japan" from March 21 April 15.


The event will include an exhibition, a workshop and an international conference, according to a press release this week from one of the organizers, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.


Other organizers include the Women's MANGA Research Project and the Shojo Manga Power Project


The event will focus on manga works created by women for women, and explore the potential of manga cultures beyond Japan.


One of the exhibits focuses on introducing shōjo manga (manga marketed to young women) through the works of leading Japanese cartoonists Hideko Mizuno and Moto Hagio.

Mizuno is the pioneer of shōjo manga who first drew sparkling stars in eyes of her characters, while Hagio is often referred to a "a founding mother of shōjo manga."


There will be also a special section to dedicated to Mutsumi Hagiiwa and FSc (Singaporean) who will attend the event to lead workshops and give lectures.


At the international conference, distinguished scholars and experts on manga will present academic research topics, which will be translated into Vietnamese.

This is the first conference in Vietnam solely dedicated to the study of manga.


The conference will be held at Vietnam Women's Museum (36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street) from March 23 25.


"Manga, which is a kind of lingua franca, is now a global phenomenon connecting with cultures beyond Japan," said the release.

Various forms of female-oriented manga has been inspiring women to create art for more than a half century, whereas most comics from around the world primarily target male readers.


Entrance of the exhibition is free.


The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam is located on 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.


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