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Due to the excess of foreign television channels available to the city-dwellers of Nepal, animation characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have indeed become regular household names. Even before cable networks had spread themselves through the maze of these cities, local video
stores already provided a sizeable collection of western animation. Surprisingly enough, the same Nepalese audience found very little to talk about concerning their homemade animated characters Shyam or Meena. While an in-depth analysis of animation in Nepal is required to understand why these
characters are not as popular as their Western counterparts, an inspection of the patterns and nature of the animation created in Nepal can certainly provide preliminary insights.
Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.