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Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast AsiaWhat a Difference a Region Makes$
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Chris Berry, Nicola Liscutin, and Jonathan D. Mackintosh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099746

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099746.001.0001

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Surfing the Neo-Nationalist Wave:

Surfing the Neo-Nationalist Wave:

A Case Study of Manga Kenkanryū

(p.171) 10 Surfing the Neo-Nationalist Wave:
Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia

Nicola Liscutin

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines neo-nationalist backlash expressed in popular culture and disseminated through new media. In July 2005, amid a furore, a hitherto insignificant Tokyo publishing house launched Yamano Sharin's Manga Kenkanryū. As the title suggests, Kenkanryū is presented as an oppositional vision to an allegedly blind enthusiasm for things Korean among Japanese followers of the “Korean Wave.” It seeks to counteract this infatuation by providing “the truth” about Korea, its history, culture, and Korean claims against Japan for restitution. Kenkanryū aims to educate its readers on a wide range of misdemeanours allegedly committed by Korea, which it describes as a “thoroughly depraved nation.” The manga seeks to demonstrate that “anti-Japan” sentiments and protests in Korea lack any legitimate historical basis, and that “correct” historical knowledge would enable Japanese people to be proud of their country's present and past achievements, and, thus fortified, to take a firm stance against any kind of “Japan-bashing” by their Asian neighbors.

Keywords:   Korea, popular culture, new media, Yamano Sharin, Manga Kenkanryū, Korean Wave, Japan

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