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Japan's First Ph.D. in Manga Art

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 Posted: 10:36 AM JST

South Korean Chung In Kyung has received a doctorate degree in Manga Art from Kyoto Seika University, becoming the first person to win the honor in manga in Japan. Chung In Kyung, who has studied at the university's Graduate School of Art, was accorded the honor at a degree-awarding ceremony for the 2005 academic year.

After studying at the university's Department of Manga Art, the Faculty of Art, Chung went on to its graduate school. She continued to draw cartoons and study manga. The theme of her dissertation was "Kim Sung Hwan in the history of newspaper cartoons." Kim is said to be the greatest cartoonist in Korean newspaper cartoons since the end of World War II. Her thesis was presented along with her cartoons drawn as graduating work.

Kyoto Seika University created a class on manga in 1973, becoming the first university in the world to introduce manga in an educational curriculum. In the new academic year (April 2006-March 2007), the university has opened Japan's first Faculty of Manga.

For inquiries, please contact the Department of Cartoon & Comic Art, Faculty of Manga, Kyoto Seika University (Tel: 075-791-3340) URL: http://www.kyoto-seika.ac.jp

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