$313,000 to Study Why Kids Like Japanese Comic Books

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(By Adam Andrzejewski, RealClear Wire) The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities is spending over $313,000 to study why minority children in the U.S. like manga, a genre of Japanese comic books, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The funding goes to Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies for a three-year study on why young black, indigenous, and people of color enjoy reading manga. Additionally, the Free Beacon reported, “The grant is aimed at closing the ‘knowledge gap’ for librarians who are ‘unfamiliar’ with manga and to identify manga titles popular with teenagers.”

The funding is part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which is meant to, “develop a diverse library and archival workforce” and “reduce equity gaps and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion” in libraries, according to the Free Beacon.


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