The weekend goes by WAY too quick… sigh. While this has nothing to do with comics, it does have to do with politics. I got to meet Mayor Cory Booker while walking around the monuments in DC yesterday. Booker is the closest thing we have to a super hero politician, responding to requests on Twitter and infamously shoveling snow during a storm a few years back. Really nice guy.
“Think About the Children” is usually cried out here in the United States when some political hopeful wants to score points with Soccer Moms. Well, it looks like we’ve shipped that line of BS over to Vietnam. According to Viet Nam News educators and parents are concerned that the most popular books for children contain too much violence and adult content.
Japanese and Chinese comic books are popular with children and often depict guns, swords and adult affairs.
Bui Chi Vinh a popular children’s book writer said:
Violent and sexy comics can affect children because they are young and naive.
Studies have never definitively linked entertainment and violence. But Vinh takes the correct route in saying that this is a challenge for Vietnamese authors and artists to create more appealing material for children.
To help Vietnamese children learn about southern Vietnamese history, Kim Dong Publisher has put together a series of comic books called Hao kiet dat Phuong Nam (southern heroes). The series features characters tied to the area since the 16th centurywhen the Lord Nguyen Hoang began extending the country’s territory southward.
The company has produced ten books so far focusing on Truong Dinh, Thien Ho Duong, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Trung Truc, Bui Thi Xuan, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Mac Cuu, Thu Khoa Huan, Nguyen Van Thoai and Nguyen Dinh Chieu and plans a total of twenty issues.
Author Hoai Anh is in charge of writing duties, while Artist Nguyen Dong Hai is responsible for the books’ illustrations. The series focus on the most exciting details of each figure in an attempt to hook children and keep them interested.
The hope is that the series of comics will improve the knowledge of the countries history among the youth of the nation.