KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese version of Lat’s Kampung Boy has won second place in Japan’s Gaiman Award for the overseas comic category.
The comic by Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid (pic), better known as Lat, beat 14 others from several countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, China and South Korea.
According to the results announced on Saturday through the website www.gaiman.jp, the comic from the United States, Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon, took first place.
In third place was Jolies Tenebres, an entry from France.
“Generally, overseas readers love reading Kampung Boy and choose the book because it portrays the culture, harmony and unity of Malaysian society through the eyes of a local village boy.
“The illustrations of real characters in a village setting draw readers close to them and make the comic an easy read,” said a statement released in conjunction with the award.
The Japanese version of Kampung Boy was translated by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Japanese language lecturer, Hieda Natsue, and edited by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) lecturer Assoc Prof Soda Naoki.
It was jointly published by the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books and Tokyo’s TUFS Press.
Launched at the Tokyo International Book Fair in July, it was also used as a teaching aid for South-East Asian Studies at TUFS because of its uniqueness.
Lat’s works have been translated and are published in 12 foreign languages including English, Arabic, Mandarin, Tamil, French, German, Indonesian and Korean. — Bernama