Chinese Animation Is a Vibrant, Distinctive Industry — So Why Do So Many People Still Call It ‘Anime’?
This adaptation of a folkloric story was released off the heels of the Cultural Revolution, and reflects its theme of violent uprising against abusive authority figures
Joan He, herself raised on media from China, has said, “*Journey to the West* was basically my *SpongeBob*.”
Western marketing — especially American marketing — has offered Japanese stories as the default East Asian media for so long now that they typically pitch other countries’ works under the same grouping.
The conflation of all things East Asian as a part of one category is a dangerous one, be it with art or with people.