My name is Mia Lewis and I graduated from Columbia University Columbia College in May 2010. While there I majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus on Japanese literature. Since my early childhood I have had a love and passion for Japanese culture, language, literature, art, and comics. I spent a year living in Takasaki, Gunma in high school, and a year in Kyoto studying at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies in college.
Having graduated from college, but not lost my passion for research, I am constantly coming across interesting techniques in the manga/anime/comics/etc. I encounter. I intend to post those musings here. More than anything else, I hope to hear others’ thoughts and countermusings.
A bit of background on me:
While studying in Kyoto I had the opportunity to audit a course at Kyoto Seika University on the history of Showa comics, and was then able to complete an independent study under the Seika University professor Yoshimura Kazuma and Boston University professor Sarah Frederick on use of writing based manipulation of speech in manga over six different manga magazines in six different genres, research that went on to be the basis for my senior thesis. My senior thesis focused on the same techniques, looking specifically at how they are used in four of CLAMP’s works: XXXHOLiC, Tsubasa-RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE–, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Clover. My thesis was selected for publication in the Spring 2010 issue of the Columbia East Asia Review, and can be found here, although the published version only focuses on ateji use, and leaves out the other linguist techniques I examined in my full thesis. Throughout college I also wrote anime/manga/comic related papers on a number of topics, and generally integrated them into courses whenever possible.