I found this article earlier last week while looking through different headline pages on the CNN international homepage titled: “Japanese manga heroes join fight to save Arabic culture.” It’s a very cool article that talks about how the manga-style animations are being used now in the Middle East to help promote awareness, culture and interest in the Arabic culture.
I think that it is interesting that Qais Sedki decided to use manga as a medium to help transmit arabic values and culture to the public. I think that one of the beauties of manga is that it enables the readers to look through a window into a culture where they previously would not have had the opportunity to be exposed to or visit. I am interested in reading this novel (Gold Ring) to learn more about a culture which is completely alien to me. What d you guys think about this Sedki’s idea of promoting culture, language and middle eastern values through the use of manga art?
The manga books are also being used to help encourage the acceptance of the arabic language, I just thought that it was interesting that children growing up in the middle east are not as inclined to learn arabic and look at it in a ‘disdainful’ way.