Tuesday, January 20, 2015



Manga and the Manga-esque: New Perspectives to a Global Culture 15th Annual International Conference on Japanese Studies and the 6th Women’s Manga Conference 22-23 January 2015 Ateneo de Manila University

PROGRAMME Day 1 Venue: Leong Auditorium
8:30 Registration and Coffee Break

9:30 Welcome Remarks Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ph.D. Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
Opening Remarks Shūji Takatori, Director, The Japan Foundation

10:00-12:00 Plenary Session 1: Manga and the Manga-esque
Considering the ‘Mangaesque’ as a Cultural Condition: Where Japanese Studies and Manga Studies May Meet Jaqueline Berndt, Kyoto Seika University
The Role of National Mediators in the Construction of the Global Meaning of Manga Zoltan Kacsuk, Kyoto Seika University
Manga-esque in a Single Frame: An Exploration of the Bounds of Japanese Irasuto and Cartoons Ronald Stewart, Prefectural University of Hiroshima

12:00 – 12:30 Artist Session 1: Philippine Moderated by Elbert Or Elbert Or, Robert Magnuson, Ace Vitangcol

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00 Artist Session 2: Women’s Manga in Singapore Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt FSc

2:00 – 3:30 Paper Session 1: Manga-esque in Southeast Asia

The Domestication of Japanese Manga Representation in Malaysia : The Universality of Visual Language and Cultural Characteristics Suraya Md Nasir, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Manga in the Philippines: from niche market to an (invisible) market Ma. Victoria Cayton, University of Asia and the Pacific
“OTAKU NO RIKO”: Gratifications Derived from Filipino Anime Engagements Thea Pamela Pauline A. Javier, M.C., San Sebastian College Recolectos - Manila

3:30 – 4:00 Artist Session 3: Vietnam Moderated by Fusami Ogi and Jaqueline Berndt Nguyen Thanh Phong

4:00-4:15 Coffee Break

4:15-4:45 Artist Session 4: Women Comics in the Philippines Moderated by: Kristine Michelle Santos Tin Tin Pantoja, Black Ink Comics

4:45 – 5:30 Paper Session 2: Frameworks in Popular Culture Studies
Performing 2.5 dimensional characters: Cosplay as a Practice in Hybrid Reality Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University
Glocalizing Appearance: Filipino Cosplayers and the Mukokuseki Aesthetic Tiffany Lim, University of Tokyo
Quantitative research in manga/anime studies: Methodological considerations and three Europe-based surveys Marco Pellitteri, Kobe University

Day 2 Venue: Leong Hall
9:00 Registration

9:30-11:00 Plenary Session 2: Women’s Manga in Japan
Manga-esque Hybridity Coming out of Women’s Manga Fusami Ogi, Chikushi Jogakuen University
On Sexual Issues of Aging Women: Shungiku Uchida and Challenges in Women’s Manga Kotaro Nakagaki. Daito Bunka University
“What Female Manga Artists are doing with Shakespeare” Yukari Yoshihara, University of Tsukuba

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 Artist Session 4: Women’s Manga in Indonesia
Moderated by Febriani Shihombing Jhosephine Tanuwidjaya and Stephani Soejono

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Artist’s Session 5: Malaysia Moderated by Gan Sheuo Hui Shieko

1:15-2:15 Plenary Session 4: Manga and the Manga-esque in Southeast Asia
Analysis of the Terminology “Komik Indonesia” in Indonesian Comics: A Discussion Case Study of Three Indonesia Comics Exhibition after 2000 Febriani Sihombing, Tohoku University
Locally Made! – The Gag Comics in Malaysia Gan Sheuo Hui, National University of Singapore

2:15 – 3:15 Paper Session 3:Women and Manga Beyond Japan
Girls' Dōjinshi in the Philippines: Challenges and Transformations in Local Girls’ Culture Kristine Michelle Santos, Wollongong University
Kartoon-y: Boys' Love Manga Flourishes in Conservative Thailand Poowin Bunyavejchewin and Ormwajee Pibool, Thammasat University

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:30 Paper Session 4: Women and Japanese Manga
Defining Yuri Fandom in Japan: Women and Men Reading and Writing About Girl–Girl Romance Media James Welker, Kanagawa University
On the role of characterization and engagement in shōjo-manga as a genre Giancarla Unser-Schutz, Rissho University

4:30 - 5:00 Artist Session 5: China’s Artist Panel
Moderated by Jaqueline Berndt Luo Rongrong

5:00 - 6:00 Paper Session 5: Gender and Japanese Manga
Winry, Hinata, Mikasa: Feminine Imagery in Shōnen Manga and Japan’s Masculinist Cultural Nationalism Hansley A. Juliano, Ateneo de Manila University
Sex Tourism, Filipina Brides, and Japanese Comics Ryan Holmberg, The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

6:00 - 6:10 Ending Remarks Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua, Director, Japaese Studies Program

6:10 – 7:30 Special Screening of “Illustrated By: Filipino Invasion of US Comics”

Illustration in Conference poster by Kiko Dans Conference poster layout by Elbert Or


Friday, January 16, 2015


Snippets from API research/travel in the Philippines of out Quezon city to iLocos Sur, Navarcan & Greorio Del Pilar...

Sunday, January 11, 2015


"They say humans are social animals, they can't live alone. But you can live pretty well by yourself. I tell ya...instead of feeling alone in a group, It's better to have real solitude all by yourself."
Faye Valentine to Gren[[Session 12: Jupiter Jazz Part 1|Cowboy Bebop

Teresita Fernandez Commencement Speech


“Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth… will also become the raw material for the art you make.”

Friday, January 09, 2015


GI - Gender Identity
GE - Gender Expession
SO - Sexual Orientation

Its a bit complicated to explain to people who has zero knowledge about being a transgender person. The earliest simplest expression was "trapped inside a man's body for transwomen" and for trans men "Trapped inside female body?"  But now there another method to explain it as we progress. Its called SOGIE that stands for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression.

Sexual Orientation is to explain who you are strongly attracted to which is being gay,lesbian,bisexual,pansexual,asexual.

Gender expression - masculine to feminine (your naturale expression, some female identified person is masculine in her body language and expression, and some male identified person is feminine in his expression.

'Gender Identity' is to express being a transwoman or transman are all about. Like for transwoman (a person who assigned a male by doctor after birth but later as she growing up feeling extremely discomfort with her body & take further steps to change or synchronize, according to her identity) and also likewise for transman (Being assigned by doctor female at birth then feeling extremely discomfort with his body & take further steps to transition to his trueself and adopt male identity.)
G.I. - Gender Identity

G.E. - Gender Expression

S.O. - Sexual Orientation

Thursday, January 08, 2015


The criminalisation of transgender people in Malaysia coupled with state-organised arrests have effectively made Malaysia one of the worst countries in the world for the transgender community.


early transition

"Early transition is usually best for trans people. But for many of us it’s impossible, because of unsupportive families, because of a lack of resources, because we do not yet have the courage to embark upon what seems like a frightening path. In that scenario, the best strategy may simply be having faith in the future, and finding a way to survive until you’re able to control your own destiny. "


Monday, January 05, 2015

Leelah Alcorn 1997-2014

#leelahalcorn #leelah #girlslikeus #transgender


Leelah Alcorn 1997-2014

rest in power #leelahalcorn #leelah



"When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn't make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don't tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don't ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won't do anything but make them hate them self. That's exactly what it did to me."
— Leelah Alcorn, 2014[3]

Prior to her death on December 28, 2014, Alcorn had scheduled for her suicide note to be automatically posted on her Tumblr account at 5.30pm.[8] In the note, she stated her intention to end her life, commenting:
I have decided I've had enough. I'm never going to transition successfully, even when I move out. I'm never going to be happy with the way I look or sound. I'm never going to have enough friends to satisfy me. I'm never going to have enough love to satisfy me. I'm never going to find a man who loves me. I'm never going to be happy. Either I live the rest of my life as a lonely man who wishes he were a woman or I live my life as a lonelier woman who hates herself. There's no winning. There's no way out. I'm sad enough already, I don't need my life to get any worse. People say "it gets better" but that isn't true in my case. It gets worse. Each day I get worse. That's the gist of it, that's why I feel like killing myself. Sorry if that's not a good enough reason for you, it's good enough for me.[3]
She expressed her wish that all of her possessions and money be donated to a trans advocacy charity,[3] and called for gender issues to be taught in schools.[3][14] The note ended with the statement: "My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say "that's fucked up" and fix it. Fix society. Please."[3][14][15] A second post appeared shortly after; titled "Sorry", it featured an apology to her close friends and siblings for the trauma that her suicide would put them through, but also contained a message to her parents: "Fuck you. You can't just control other people like that. That's messed up."[3][16][17]