Having spent about a week in Singapore and Indonesia, I would like to give you a brief report on my preliminary observation regarding Japanese popular culture in Southeast Asia.




(1) the Japanese pop culture craze is over.  Only Japanese ACG maintains some influence, whereas J-dramas and J-pop have lost thier popularity.  Korean and Taiwanese waves are pretty strong now.  Hong Kong pop culture remains influential among ethnic Chinese. Thai is another new force, in particular its movies and music are making progress.

(2) Singapore is a land of on-line games.  Game centers have largely been replaced by on-line game chambers. It seems that every on-line game players in Singapore is playing A3.  I have not played this game before, but I find its character design very similar to Final Fanasty.

(3) There are fewer Japanese programs broadcast on Singapore TV, but Japanese elements have been adopted and domesticated in local TV dramas, varity shows and game shows.  Many seem to have come indirectly through Taiwan and Hong Kong.

(4) Hong Kong comics are having a good share of the Chinese comic market in Singapore. As for Japanese comics, there are increasing number of English editions found in Singapore. Some are locally pubished and some are imported from the US.

Will wrote more and longer after I come back on Monday.

   

明天起去東南亞旅行。潛潛水,回回氣,一星期後回來再衝。我正在撰寫一書,修正稿要九月中前寄出。再加上新學期我負責的日本流行文化一科會有大調整。所以八月將會十分忙。今年一直都在忙,完全沒有放暑假的感覺。希望旅遊期間新加坡及印尼會陽風普照,使我可以充足電回來。外遊期間大概不會撰文,但會參與討論。

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Ben Ng +
2005/08/01 09:24
Of all HK pop culture, TV dramas are the strongest in Singapore and have secured a leading position. I think HK dramas are more influential than Korean dramas.
Au Yeung +
2005/08/01 03:21
I am glad that HK comics have a good share in SE Asia, while at the same time being a little bit sad about the decline of JP ACG there.
Timothy +
2005/07/31 22:35
i feel jealous of your trip. Enjoy it.laugh
知日部屋屋主 +
2005/07/31 08:26
In terms of on-line games, yes, Japanese games are not popular in Singapore (perhaps with the exception of FF). I passed by many on-line centers and do not find any Japanese games.  Shooting, combat and RPG are the most popular genres. Korean games are leading the market. Their graphics are very well-done and can even match their Japanese counterparts.  Japan must do more to develop and catch up.
bread_fukong +
2005/07/30 21:28
那個女主角的設由好像是由 ff 11 的美術班底負責的
bread_fukong +
2005/07/30 21:22
是呀,我之前也玩過一陣子 A3 ,這隻由ONLINE GAME大國南韓出產,以成人向見稱

估唔到新加坡都有得玩呀.

是不是日本GAME在新加坡不盛行
...?
知日部屋屋主 +
2005/07/30 16:02
I am now back to Singapore.
Japanese pop culture has declined in this last stronghold in Southeast Asia.
In the past few years, each time I visited Singapore, i brought many Japanese TV drama serials at very affordable prices. This time, I only got two (one is Engine by Kimutaku).  Now most VCD shops carry mostly Korean and Taiwanese idol dramas, and it is hard to find Japanese dramas.  Only Japanese anime series remain popular.
As a Japanese drama lovers, I feel a bit sad to see the decline.  Japanese dramas have improved a lot since 2004 but have failed to regain thier populaity due to external reasons (such as copyrights issues). I wish Japanese dramas can get the attention they deserve.
angeL +
2005/07/27 01:11
coolsmile祝你「潛水」潛得開心o的!
一路平安快樂!sunny[color=deeppink][/color]
迴旋 +
2005/07/26 09:52
被心機呀!仲有祝你一路順風.玩得開心d
而且滿載而歸..keeekee
coolsmile
Ben Ng +
2005/07/26 08:51
Zheng Ho is now a myth, used for political purposes.

I am now in Singapore and will enjoy the food, meet friends and buy Japanese dramas. Then will go Indonesia to enjoy the sun.
Lo Tek +
2005/07/26 06:45
Have fun in Singapore.  Will you be seeing the Zheng He exhibits?

http://www.visitsingapore-zhenghe.com/

For someone who was fairly obscure for a long time (600 years) he's suddenly getting very popular, and even being accused of discovering America!
知日部屋屋主 +
2005/07/25 07:46
每次去新加坡都會買一大批臺灣版或馬來西亞版(都是盜版)回來。
新馬泰都有很多日本ACG迷。
上次去新加坡有一有趣發現
當地友人給我看cosplay比賽的相片
一看才發現(認得)最少有兩名是從香港過去
cosplay及同人誌的地區交流越來越多
(如本地角川秋月去臺灣參與同人話動)
這現象值得注意
makoto +
2005/07/25 04:13
我朋友送了一盒泰國版的 Gundam Seed 給我
配音全部是泰文,雖然聽不明不過女聲很溫柔,不比日本聲優差呀
有機會真是要大家一起觀摩一下XD
bread_fukong +
2005/07/25 00:58
祝順風~

原來dr ng是會潛水的~我反而很想一試lei~

新加坡有什麼東東好玩的~

之前已經想各教授請教的了~
阿唯 +
2005/07/25 00:45
我在早兩年去過泰國,發覺當地受日本ACG影響頗深,電視台跟香港一樣在播日本動畫(進度只比香港慢少少),也有專賣日漫的店舖。不知其他東南亞國家又如何呢?
makoto +
2005/07/25 00:32
Have a good trip!
到那邊看看有甚麼哈日的東西和大家分享一下laugh
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