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The Spread of Confucianism in Hayao Miyazaki’s Animations

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This thesis is an exploration of the themes and symbols of Confucian culture in the early animated feature films of Hayao Miyazaki. It deals with the background and knowledge of the selected topic, the profound meaning of Hayao Miyazaki’s animation and the spread of Confucian culture in his animations which convey distinctive ethos and the advanced experience of success. Hayao Miyazaki’s animations have inherited traditional oriental cultural morality, and embodied the pursuit of universal values, such as people’s care for the vulnerable, their cherishing of the family, their praise of the friendship, their encouragement for the spirit of struggle and hard work, and their fight against misfortunes. Hayao Miyazaki’s animations play an important role in spreading Confucianism to the world.

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Ma, D. and Cheng, L. (2016) The Spread of Confucianism in Hayao Miyazaki’s Animations. Open Access Library Journal, 3, 1-9. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1103129.

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