The Problem With “Asian Steampunk” by Jess Nevins on

It’s not that the phrase “Asian Steampunk” is intrinsically flawed. It’s just that the range of concepts displayed in “Asian Steampunk,” whether fiction, gaming, or costumes, are so so…limited. You’d never catch “Western Steampunk” limiting itself to cowboys, hard-boiled detectives, and British bobbies. Why then limit yourself to samurai, ninja, and geisha? There was so much more to the cultures and peoples of east Asia than that.

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2 responses to “The Problem With “Asian Steampunk” by Jess Nevins on

  1. Pingback: Asian Steampunk « shadolrds

  2. Oddly enough I was working toward an understanding of the late conflict between the Ottoman Empire & the Netherlands over the annexation of the sultanate of Atjeh. I’m well-acquainted with the background of the affair, but how the renegade Turkish general transported his troops to Sumatra is a bit perplexing. 😉