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Comic Books
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Comics have a long and varied tradition in China. Today, however, variations in form and chronology as well as in regional specialties make it difficult to find a suitable definition for comic books in China. The term lianhuanhua (lit.: "chain pictures") can be regarded as the established name for comics in the PRC; it is to be distinguished from the term manhua used for caricature. In Taiwan and Hong Kong, however, the term manhua primarily refers to comics. In the Chinese world, comic books are mainly read by children, yet classical lianhuanhua are mostly read by adult enthusiasts i…

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Seifert, Andreas, “Comic Books”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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