About ME

“Manja” is the Korean word for “Swastika,” a Buddhist symbol of peace. “Manse” means 10,000 years. Thus, 10,000 years of peace.
Swastika collage of pencils, pencil shavings on cardboard  A swastika made from eight trigrams as branches and a tri-colored taegeuk in the middle. The trigrams represent the eight elements of nature that bring life and peace to humanity. The swastika is a symbol of peace that appears in many cultures and religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. It was tragically appropriated by the Nazi regime in the early 20th century as a symbol of nationalistic pride. This piece is meant to reclaim the symbol from this violent, horrific context and bring awareness to its peaceful origins. It is the symbol of “The World of Manja Manse.”
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I am an American born to a Vietnamese father and Korean mother, and I started creating art from a very young age. I took an interest in comics and movies from reading Marvel Comics, watching superhero movies, and historical dramas. I attended Montclair State University to learn comic art and screenwriting. During my college life, I began to realize that my heritage is underrepresented in popular culture. After graduation, I returned to Montclair as an MBA graduate student to learn the business side of the art world. I made it my purpose to raise awareness of untold and forgotten cultures and history through comics, tv series, and movies to give people from all cultural identities the opportunity to tell their own stories.

I'm born in the United States in 1995 to a Vietnamese father and a Korean mother with a passion for world history, culture, and comic art. I became inspired to create comics after reading several Marvel Comics and learning Korean and American history. I began drawing at high school and I was praised for my creativity. Then I attended Montclair State University to develop my drawing skills by illustrating comics and engaging in other forms of drawing such as charcoal. I created the World of Manja Manse as a nonprofit art brand so I can share and sell with the world untold and forgotten histories through comic art and illustration. After graduation, I created my first comic brand and my digital comic, Mountain Merrigan Comics, and Jason Choe. However, my comic did not gain much traction on social media such as Patreon and Webtoons made it difficult for me to upload them online so I put it on hiatus. I returned to Montclair State University once again to become a business administrator to gain a wider following for my digital comic and earn enough income to recruit comic artists who also want to know more about the world through me.