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I am an art historian who works on anime/manga as part of my research. I have taught several classes on the history of anime/manga at Arizona State University for both the art history and film studies departments. I have presented papers on a diverse number of anime topics including the use of western religious symbolism in anime/manga, Alice in Wonderland in anime, and Sanurai in Space (the evolution of the samurai in scifi/mecha). I have also curated an exhibition (2009) titled The Samurai Re-imagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA. which examined the evolution of the samurai from its historical roots to scifi/mecha representations. I have given a number of talks in the valley on anime/manga, including the recent LIBCON, Chandler Library's comic convention aimed at junior high/high school students.
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