Asians Represent! Is here to celebrate and examine Asian representation in tabletop games and pop culture. We do this by creating conversation,
introducing new perspectives to the broader gaming community, and creating spaces for new voices in the industry.
Episode 34: Fantasy nationalism and honor in Shou Lung | Kara-Tur the Eastern Realms (Part 8)
The Asians Read crew tackle the Shou Lung culture section of the Kara-Tur campaign setting; exploring the problems of creating fantasy nationalism and the over-reliance on honour tropes!
Episode 33: Bad translations: How we'd fix the provinces of Kara-Tur | Kara-Tur the Eastern Realms (Part 7)
The Asians Read crew finished analyzing the "Provinces of Shou Lung" and provided insight into how they'd fix them! As usual, hilarity ensues.
Dungeons & Da Asians #11 - The Price of Power
Following their battle with the Dragon Valley Gang, our heroes prepare for their journey into the Shimmering Badlands!
Episode 32: Magic the Gathering, Strixhaven, Stereotypes, and the Model Minority Myth
The Wrap Up crew examine how the upcoming Strixhaven Magic the Gathering set has relied on Asian stereotypes in its storytelling.
Episode 31: D&D Noir: Something's Fishy in Wa K'an | Kara-Tur the Eastern Realms (Part 6)
The Asians Read crew discovered that there's a made up "Chinese" written language for the Shou Lung region of the Kara-Tur campaign setting. Things go south from there.
Episode 30: Reflecting on Legend of the Five Rings
The Asians Read: L5R crew finally got to do their recap of the series. What did we like about L5R? What would we completely remove from the game? What would we fix?
An amazing perspective
I follow DM Steve, and this was an amazing find. With a lot of great perspectives on DnD that I haven’t heard a million times. Can’t wait to keep following.
Informative and Exciting
It's super refreshing to see creators from marginalized groups creating content that reflects their experiences. Asians Represent! is doing the work of both critiquing bad representations from the past and present and highlighting creators doing good representation.
The academic experience Daniel brings to the table helps frame the discussions, and the other hosts and guests all bring their own expertise.
The actual play episodes and world building are fantastic examples of actual play, including use of safety tools and generally good communication about what all the players are expecting and hoping for from the game.
In addition, the episodes that critique problematic content offer a bit of insight into what not to do if you're going to be writing your own gaming content. The first step in avoid the bad stereotypes and tropes is knowing what they are and recognizing them.
In general, the production value of the show is pretty high, though there are episodes that are taken from live streams or were recorded remotely that may suffer a little in audio quality because of the new format.
This is a fantastic show doing fantastic work. Definitely worth checking out.
Enlightening and fun
Subscribed to hear their Quest conversion episode and am learning a lot. Getting their insights into role-playing games and culture is really educational.