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(Hybrid Event) Manga Mania: A brief history of how manga conquered America and left an indelible imprint on pop culture | SF

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Manga Mania: A brief history of how manga conquered America and left an indelible imprint on pop culture – Two veteran translators reflect on manga artists and the industry they have known


*Hybrid Event

Manga have long been a hallmark of Japanese popular culture, and they have been translated for audiences abroad since the late 70s. Fans of the genre will know classics like the children’s series Doraemon, Astro Boy, Barefoot Gen, Gigantor, and many more. Just in the last three years, the world lost three legendary manga artists — Takao Saito (Golgo 13), Monkey Punch (Lupin III), and Fujiko A. Fujio (Obake no Q-Tarō).

To speak on manga history and their experiences in Japanese-to-English translation we have two prominent speakers with extensive knowledge of and experience working in Japanese popular culture: Frederik L. Schodt, the author of multiple books on manga and the translator of classics such as Astro Boy and Ghost in the Shell, and Matt Alt, who completed a new translation of the Doraemon (2016) and authored the book Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World.

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Date and Time:
Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 at 6:30-8:00 P.M. (PDT)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. -12:00 P.M. (Japan Time)
*For in-person participants, registration starts at 6:00pm. 

Agenda

6:30 Opening Remarks by Jon Metzler | Member of the Board, Japan Society of Northern California & Lecturer, UC-Berkeley
6:35 Presentation by Frederik L. Schodt
6:45 Presentation by Hiroko Yoda
6:55 Presentation by Matt Alt
7:05 Fireside Chat by Frederik L. Schodt, Hiroko Yoda, and Matt Alt
7:15 Q&A
7:30 Closing Remarks, Takahide Akiyama | President, Japan Society of Northern California
7:30 Networking

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Joining us in person? Excited to see you all! (Only 50 seats!)
Venue: DG717 | 717 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

*Due to the S.F. Health Order, guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend and masks worn inside
**Light food and drinks are provided
***To the participants joining us in person at DG717: Thank you for registering and we are excited to see you at the event! Since we only have 50 seats available, please let us know in advance if you cannot attend by emailing us at the address below. Additionally, you can email us if we reach the maximum number of in-person participants and would like to join the waiting list.
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Price:
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OUR AMAZING SPEAKERS
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Frederik L. Schodt 

Frederik L. Schodt is a veteran American translator, interpreter, and award-winning writer. Since 1983 he has written many books on Japanese history, technology, religion, and especially manga. He has also translated novels, and non-fiction books, and many manga series. In 2009, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for helping to promote Japanese popular culture in North America. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Japan International Manga Award. You can learn more on his website.

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Matt Alt 

Matt Alt is a Tokyo-based localizer, reporter, and writer. His translations are found in many video games and manga, and his writing in The New Yorker, Wired, Slate, The Economist 1843, and more. He is the author of Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World (2020, Crown). You can find him on his website.

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Hiroko Yoda

Hiroko Yoda is the president of AltJapan Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based company specializing in the localization of Japanese entertainment content for foreign audiences (and foreign content for Japanese audiences.) She is the author of Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide and its sequels Ninja Attack! and Yurei Attack! (2011, Tuttle) You can learn more on her website here.

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Date:
June 28
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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