Masculinities in Doraemon: A Critical Discourse Analysis


This study conducts a critical discourse analysis of the masculinities of male characters in Doraemon, a famous Japanese manga series. It aims to explore the masculinities in Doraemon from three perspectives: text, process, and society. The content analysis of the male characters in terms of their appearances, characteristics, behaviors, and values reveals major masculine traits such as the maintenance of patriarchy, the pursuit and yearning for fame and fortune, competition, and aggression. The process analysis identifies corresponding masculinities of the creators of Doraemon through their life experiences. The social analysis of Doraemon attributes the masculinities in the manga to Japanese culture, which has been deeply influenced by Confucianism, androcentrism, and Bushido. This study sheds light on the masculine traits rooted in Japanese culture and invites audiences to reflect on the male characters in Japanese artworks.

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Zhouyan Wu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
Zhaoxun Song, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

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Conference: ACAS2023
Stream: Japanese Studies

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Wu Z., & Song Z. (2023) Masculinities in Doraemon: A Critical Discourse Analysis ISSN: 2187-4735 The Asian Conference on Asian Studies 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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