The process of translation – and the work of translators – presents manga scholars with a wide range of questions to ask. What is translated? How do translators in different countries approach manga – Peter Howell asks this question in Strategy and style in English and French translations of Japanese comic books, and Martin de la Iglezia does in The task of manga translation: Akira in the West. Heike Jungst’s “Translating manga”, in Federico Zanettin (Ed.), Comics in translation, is a more high-level analysis. Wood-Hung Lee and Yomei Shaw, in “A textual analysis of Japanese and Chinese editions of manga: Translation as cultural hybridiziation” explore the goals and outcomes of translation as a process.

On April 6, Baruch College (City University of New York) will hold the latest in its series of public discussions on manga, with a specific focus on the challenges inherent to translating manga from Japanese and into other languages, the unique issues that comics/sequential art present for translators, and the role that translators play in the manga industry.

Participants in the symposium will include:

Prof. CJ Suzuki (Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Baruch College)

Prof. Suzuki’s many publications on Japanese comics include “Autism and manga: Comics for women, disability, and Tobe Keiko’s With the Light“, “Envisioning alternative communities through a popular medium: Speculative imagination in Hagio Moto’s girls’ comics”, Learning from monsters: Mizuki Shigeru’s yokai and war manga, and “Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s gekiga and the global Sixties: Aspiring for an alternative”. He is the coordinator for Baruch College’s Japanese program and the organizer of this symposium series.

Prof. George Tsouris (Philosophy, La Guardia Community College)

Dr. Ryan Holmberg (Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture)

Mari Morimoto (professional translator)

The discussion is free to attend and open to all interested attendees, but registration is required.

Date: April 6th, 2017
Time: 12:40 p.m. – 2:05 pm


Baruch College
55 Lexington Avenue, VC7-150
New York, NY 10010

This symposium series is organized by the Baruch College Japanese Program with the assistance of the Baruch Japan Club, and sponsorship from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and Baruch’s Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Globus Lecture Series, and Japan Club. Previous events in the symposium series explored “alternative manga”, and before that, “globalized manga culture and fandom”.

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