Japanese Manga, Anime, and Culture for the School and Teen Librarian Crowd
Ashley Hawkins is a school librarian working in Brooklyn, NY. She is married to Matthew Hawkins, video game expert and archivist. Ashley has a BS in English Language Arts Education from UCF, and an MA in English Literature from the Bread Loaf School of English as well as an MSLIS from Pratt Institute. Ashley also has been engaging in Japanese popular culture since she was a small child watching Sailor Moon, and has read hundreds of manga, light novels, and popular novels originating in Japan. In her teen and early adult years, she was involved with cosplay and lolita subcultures. If you are interested in a more formal critique of Japanese culture, you can read her article on Japanese death culture in relation to horror for CineNation.
I’ve heard from some of you that Anime Planet, the list aggregator I use for title recommendations, is blocked at your schools! This is frustrating, and I suspect comes from schools using sweeping blocks of words like anime. I have for those of you impacted by this a collection of all of my lists in Google Doc form. Admittedly, they’re very simple at the moment- I’ll eventually replace them with more sophisticated lists, but my goal to do that keeps getting sidetracked and I don’t want to delay any longer. When the permanent lists are in place, I’ll let you know!
In this video, I delve into why neurodivergent people may find anime and manga appealing. While being neurodivergent and interested in the subculture is not mutually exclusive, there are reasons why students who process the world differently may seek out anime and manga. This video is the beginning of a conversation, but I would like to continue delving in in the future, and hope to have further conversations with others who are neurodivergent!
Disclaimer: While I am autistic and dyscalculic, my experiences do not encompass the experiences of all people who are neurodiverse or even autistic. Please consider multiple perspectives.
You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet the past couple weeks, and it’s because the end of the school year is upon us, so I’ve become insanely busy! But, I had time to participate in this amazing panel for NYCSLA and the GNCRT on the representation of girls and women in manga. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know this is one of my favorite topics!
You can find our resource document HERE and a curated list on Anime Planet HERE.
Also, in case you missed them, there was an excellent panel from But Why Tho? entitled “Let’s Talk Queer Storytelling in Manga and Anime” which you can watch HERE on their Twitch Channel featuring members of the LGBTQ+ Community.
And there was also an amazing panel on manga translation, which you can view below:
Registration is now open for the #MangaInLibraries “Representation of Girls and Women in Manga” webinar on Thursday, June 17th at 7:00pm ET. Panelists include: #SchoolLibrarians and special guests! Register here: https://bit.ly/34yQQm1