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Manga and dorama entice RI students to learn Japanese

  • The Jakarta Post

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 15 2009   /  12:10 pm

Japanese cultural products are one of the main reasonsfor Indonesian students' increasing interest in studying the Japanese language. The academic head at the Japanese Language Teaching department of the Jakarta State University, Dwi Astuti Retno Lestari, told The Jakarta Post that her students mostly cited manga (Japanese comics), anime (Japanese animation) and dorama (Japanese dramas) as their reasons to choose Japanese. This rang true for 20-year-old Fitriyani, a third-year university student. She pointed out it was dorama that captivated her during her high school years and, in turn, led her into majoring in Japanese language teaching. "I find dorama very fascinating because through them I can learn about Japanese culture and how people live in Japan. I find Japanese culture very interesting; they are hard workers, punctual and disciplined," she said on the sidelines o...