Fantasies of Diversity: Representations of Race in Japanese Video Games

Part One – On Cultural Difference
Part Two – On Pokémon
Part Three – On Final Fantasy

Strong Female Characters: Feminism and the Ladies of Final Fantasy

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Men, Women, and Tentacles in Japanese Animated Pornography

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Challenging Auteurship: Dōjinshi as Creative Fan Interpretation

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Short Essays

Linkle, the Female Gaze, and the Sailor Moon Paradox

The Legends of Zelda: Fan Challenges to Sexism in Video Game Narratives

Big Eyes, Magical Girls, and the American Way: The Cultural Cross-Pollination of Shōjo Manga

Is It Sexist?: A Quick Guide to a Tricky Question

Revealing Identities: Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga

In Defense of Fujoshi: Bara, Yaoi, and Fantasies of Queer Sexuality

Writing “Strong” Female Characters

Maidens and Witches: Purity and Power in Magic Knight Rayearth

Rethinking Girliness: Sailor Moon and Femininity

Pokémon as Japanese Literature

Rape in Yaoi Narratives: Sexuality, Fantasy, and Subversion

Visual Essays

Manga-Inspired Comics at Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015

Fan Comics at Anime Expo 2015

Anime Boobs: A Visual Essay on the Male Gaze

What Is Moe?: A Visual Essay on the Aesthetics of Erotic Fantasy

On Academia

Gender and the Job Market in Japanese Studies

On Being Poor in Grad School

In Defense of Japanese Studies

Kazuo Ishiguro and the Problem of “Japaneseness”


Fandom Glossary


The Best of Tokyopop

Japanese Literature for the Kindle

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(The above art is by Cynthia Liu.)

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