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Chinese Equivalent for Japanese Word Otaku

Posted by honker April 15, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

I'm sure there may be a few Japanese students here as well. I was wondering if there is an equivalent word in 中文 for Otaku (オタク).

The author William Gibson gives a good feel of what an Otaku is:

The otaku, the passionate obsessive, the information age's embodiment of the connoisseur, more concerned with the accumulation of data than of objects, seems a natural crossover figure in today's interface of British and Japanese cultures. I see it in the eyes of the Portobello dealers, and in the eyes of the Japanese collectors: a perfectly calm train-spotter frenzy, murderous and sublime. Understanding otaku -hood, I think, is one of the keys to understanding the culture of the web. There is something profoundly post-national about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the post-modern world, whether we want to be or not.

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