■ Wouldn't you let me hear what it was when you were just a manga lover before becoming the researcher?
Y: I seldom have memories of my childhood. Children played illustrating flames on volleyballs because a big hit was the "Dodge Danpei" anime. There were also a variety of manga magazines in Korea when I was a child although they are almost gone to Webtoon today.
■ In Korea, Japanese culture'd been forbidden until 1998...
Y: We'd had a lot of the pirated editions and official ones in Korea before 1998 came. However, manga was so disliked by the adults including my parents that I first read a manga magazine when I was 10 years old. In Korea, they tightly distinguished between man and woman. So it was rare that a girl read a boys' comic except she had a brother.
■ How about you?
Y: I was so familiar with my elder cousin boy that we read manga together and went to a rental library jointly in holidays like New Year's Day. The elder cousin was so interested in Japan culture that I got interested, too. As he collected the girls' manga I was fond of though I was unable to buy... LOL
■ Kyoto International Manga Museum
■ Then, you had learnt manga in the Korea Animation High School. How did you feel when you were actually studying what you had loved?
Y: I was so thrilled to understand laws of manga. On the other hand, it was pretty disappointing to consider the manga artists of my worship had also used the laws, although I'm still admiring. I believe it makes you face the both to learn what you love.
■ To know is to change, now. Why did you decide to go on the way of manga?
Y: Um... I was dead set on when I joined the high school to learn manga. I have never been about to change my way. My regular joke says I got married with manga in my high school days and there were no choice to divorce. Sometimes we're difficult to get along... LOL
■ Some say you shouldn't take what you love on the job choice. How?
Y: I can also understand why they say so. Working is feeling hard, not only happy. The more you love, the harder you feel when the wind is against. Sometimes I cannot help thinking that I have a hard time for manga though I'm here for my love to manga. Nobody's fault, however, I've made my choice all the time. So I can try hard.
■ What's hard in your business, for instance?
Y: It's hard when I'm snowed under business trips. I've been fond of going out itself. I, however, want an airplane to fly faster because often go abroad.
■ I've got you. The older we get, the harder we feel on a transfer.
Y: I agree. LOL