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Date 2021-03-12


Absorbing Japanese Anime and Manga in Lin Yao-de’s Science Fictions The Buddha Vairocana (Da Ri Ru Lai) and Time Dragon (Shijian Long)


Ho, Ka-Chun

PhD. Candidate, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


In contrast with the previous writers’ realist narrative strategy when looking into the Taiwan-Japan relations, Taiwanese fiction writer Lin Yao-de’s The Buddha Vairocana (1993) and Time Dragon (1994) rewrote the above theme by adopting and transforming the imaginative fictional language originated from certain Japanese Anime and Manga. This paper first investigates the ways the writer reinvented Taiwanese science fiction’s narrative form and language by combining the features of science fiction and Japanese Anime and Manga. From the above, it then illustrates and reflects on the limitations of Taiwanese fiction imposed by nationalism and hence advocates a new direction to re-examine the cultural dynamics between Taiwan and Japan under the framework of globalization.

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Bulletin of Taiwanese Literature