Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i

Gallery ‘Iolani, Windward Community College

September 6 – October 2, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 4–7 p.m.

Gallery ‘Iolani presents Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i. This exhibition brings together Hawai‘i based artists and writers who use manga to explore their cross-cultural experiences—telling stories that examine the history and cultures of Hawai‘i. Manga is a distinctive form of Japanese comics known for its dynamic graphics and diverse narratives.

The exhibition includes an overview of manga’s origins in Japanese art history including reproductions of scrolls and books that serve to influence the creative imagery of today’s manga being created in Hawai‘i. The featured artists are Roy Chang and his moralizing illustrations for Cacy & Kiara and the Curse of the Ki‘i; Jon J. Murakami, and his action drawings of Gordon Rider; Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga’s adorable series nemu*nemu; Marisa Torigoe’s mysteriously rendered The Children of ‘Aumākua; and Damon Wong’s somber but hopeful graphics for Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, among many other manga artists and writers. Displayed as a part of the exhibition and drawn just for this exhibit is a manga that chronicles its history and development into a worldwide phenomenon.

Listen to a message from the curator, Brady Evans.

Windward Community College, Gallery ‘Iolani

Gallery ‘Iolani
Windward Community College

Hawai‘i Counsel for the Humanities

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Museum Studies Program

University of Hawai‘i
Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program


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