Vietnamese author Can Tieu Hy, whose real name is Phan Cao Ha My won the Silver Prize of the 10th International Manga Award for her work “Dia Nguc Mon” (Gateway to Underworld). The award ceremony was held in Tokyo by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on February 6.
The organization board presented awards for 14 works. The Gold Award went to The Master of Arms by Joel Parnotte from France. Other silver awards were granted to the Scavengers by Han Zuzheng from China, and The Heart of Darkness by a group of authors from Italy.
Japanese shōjo manga artist Machiko Satonaka, head of the judging panel, said that Hy’s work gives readers a diversified look of the world and the meaning and value of life.
Established in 2007, the Japan International MANGA Award is organized annually by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the aim of rewarding MANGA creators who contribute to the spread of MANGA culture overseas and international cultural exchanges through MANGA.This year’s contest received 296 entries from 55 countries and regions.