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From village to comics factory

Hsinchu County leaders are set on turning a mountain hamlet into a major engine for Taiwan’s comics industry

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

“China’s authorities place too many restrictions on content. Some subjects are deemed taboo, and so our creativity is somewhat stifled,” Li added.

He explained that under Chinese publication laws, comic books are considered a genre for children 14 years old and younger, so “mature subject themes” are not permitted.

Li was on his first visit to Taiwan. He said he is envious of the “freedom to express one’s ideas” and the “freedom to draw comics,” which he said is reflected in the wide variety of Japanese and Taiwanese manga genres in bookstores and rental shops across Taiwan.

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