Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins University
336 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
I studied advanced Russian language at Indiana University’s Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL) program for summer 2009. In the summer of 2010, I obtained a Russian visa, bought a ticket, and planned to stay at American Home, a Russian-intensive language program in Vladimir, Russia. I traveled to a Russian anime festival in Cheboksary, Russia, called Chebicon and interviewed twenty-eight participants in Russian about the nature of their fascination with anime and if they idealize Japan. The results that I obtained from those encounters show that, although there is a growth in popularity in anime all around Russia, in terms of relating anime to Japan, Russian anime fans are able to separate the two subjects of fantasy and reality.