1st Edition

Representations of Children and Success in Asia Dream Chasers

Edited By Shih-Wen Sue Chen, Sin Wen Lau Copyright 2023
    276 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume explores how success is conceptualized and represented in texts for young people in Asia. The essays in this collection examine how success for children relates to education, family, gender, race, class, community, and the nation. It answers the following questions: How is success for children represented in literature, cinema, and popular media? In what ways are these images grounded in the historical, political, and cultural contexts in which they are produced and consumed? How does childhood agency influence ideas about success in Asia? Highlighting the similarities and differences in how success is defined for children and young adults in Japan, South Korea, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and India, this volume argues that success is an important keyword in the literary and cultural study of childhood in Asia.

    Chapter 1: Dreams of Success: Young People, Agency, Values, and Citizenship in Asia

    Shih-Wen Sue Chen and Sin Wen Lau

    I. Educational Success

    Chapter 2: The Grace in Failings: Reading Failure as Success in SKY Castle and Assassination Classroom

    Sambhabi Ghosh

    Chapter 3: Success at Any Price: Exam Hell and Morita Yoshimitsu’s The Family Game

    Kelly Hansen

    Chapter 4: Unfulfilled Dreams of IIT: Notions of Success in Five Point Someone and 3 Idiots

    Rizia Begum Laskar

    II. Cultural Politics of Success

    Chapter 5: Representations of Money and Success in Contemporary Chinese Children’s Literature

    Ying Zou

    Chapter 6: Hope, Oppression, and the Indian Urban Poor: Portrayals of Success in Trash! and Dear Mrs. Naidu

    Shriya Kuchibhotla

    Chapter 7: Disappearing Girls: Gendered Success and the Reproduction of the Singapore Family in Jack Neo’s Films

    Shih-Wen Sue Chen and Sin Wen Lau

    III. Success and the Nation

    Chapter 8: To Be Red: Child Propagandists and Their Success in the Cultural Revolution

    Yi Ren

    Chapter 9: Reaching for the Stars: Identity and Success in Three Indonesian Children’s Films

    Nia Nafisah

    Chapter 10: Becoming Indonesian: Political Constructions of Successful Children in Aku Ingin Menciummu Sekali Saja and Denias Senandung di Atas Awan

    Satrya Wibawa

    Chapter 11: Messages of "Success" in Popular Taiwanese Children’s Books

    Agnes Tang and Ivy Haoyin Hsieh

    IV. Success in the World

    Chapter 12: Youth Ecoagency in Two Chinese Science Fiction Films on Environmental Disasters

    Fengxia Tan and Claudia Nelson

    Chapter 13: Saviors of the World: Impersonality and Success in Shinkai Makoto’s Animated Films

    Katsuya Izumi

    Chapter 14: Cultivating Dreams: Becoming Middle-class and Affluent in Globalizing Urban Vietnam

    Catherine Earl

    Chapter 15: Semiotic Representations of Success in English-Language Picturebooks for Young Korean Children

    Jennifer M. Graff and Eun Young Yeom


    Shih-Wen Sue Chen (PhD, ANU) is an Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

    Sin Wen Lau (PhD, ANU) is Senior Lecturer in the Chinese Program at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.