Taiwan artist wins silver at Tokyo's manga awards
February 19, 2012, 12:02 am TWN
TOKYO--A Taiwanese artist was presented with the silver award at Tokyo's 5th International Manga Award by Japan Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba at the ministry's Iikura Guesthouse.
The 30-year-old manga artist, Ke Ying-mei, who goes by the pen name Cory, is the first Taiwanese to have won an award at the annual contest, which was established by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 to recognize foreign nationals that have made contributions to promoting manga overseas.
“It is like a dream come true,” said Ke after receiving the award for her work “Make a Wish! Da Xi.” She added that she was thrilled her work was recognized in Japan.
The self-taught artist said that she grew up reading the Japanese manga series “Doraemon,” and the comics inspired her to learn more about Japanese culture and become a manga artist.
The gold award went to JM Ken Niimura of Spain for “I Kill Giants,” and two other silver awards were given to Tani Werasakwong of Thailand and China's Pan Liping for “The Man Who Followed His Own Voice” and “When You're Standing on Your Tiptoes,” respectively.