What is orientalism and the how does it impact our lives? We get real and delve into the way orientalism seeps into gaming. We also chat with Jayd Matyas about designing escape rooms, the challenges of being the only woman of colour on a project, and taiko drumming. Special shoutouts: mantis shrimps, dating while Asian, getting paid


Games mentioned: Zany Zoo, Ross Rifles, Dungeons and Dragons Oriental Adventures, Legend of the Five Rings, A Single Moment, Escape Casa Loma, Where Dark Things Dwell


Agatha’s Notes: Correction on the audio – Tobie Abad, designer of the awesome game A Single Moment, is Filipino!

If you have questions about today’s theme, the games discussed, or anything else related to Asians Represent, get in touch with us on Twitter @aznsrepresent or ataznsrepresent@oneshotpodcast.com


Intro: Good Vibes by DJ Quads


Outro: Explore by Ikson


About the Author
James D’Amato, the world’s foremost Kobold advocate, moved to Chicago in 2010 to train at Second City and iO in the art of improvisational comedy. He now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and teach die-hard Grognards new tricks.

6 comments on Ep 1 – Orientalism

  1. Spencer says:

    Really cool to hear these perspectives. I’m looking forward to future episodes. I wasn’t expecting the woman-by-the-car thing to be resolved so quickly, and it made me smile.

  2. Elizabeth Freeman says:

    Is there a download link for the mp3 version of this podcast? Cause i listen to it on my way to work since my job has no Wi-Fi.

    1. We’ve had trouble getting the download link to display on mobile. It should show up if you request the desktop version of the site. Otherwise, we strongly recommend using a podcast app. It makes the download process a lot easier.

      1. Elizabeth Freeman says:

        Thanks for the tip.

  3. Gene Ha says:

    I’d love to hear you discuss upbringing in representation.

    Using the movie Crazy Rich Asians as an example, the mostly Asian-American crew often had to be saved by Michelle Yeoh on cultural issues. At the first party at the family estate Yeoh warned the crew that the white paper lanterns they’d strewn across the grounds were only used at funerals. She also worked hard to deepen her own character, which was reportedly a flat Dragon Lady stereotype in the book.

    To what extent do Asians raised in North America have the legitimacy to write about Asia? As a US born Korean-American I wouldn’t dare write a historical Korean setting for sale in Korea. There’s just no way I’d get the nuances right.

    But… it can be done. Most of the creative staff of the Black Panther movie were African-American raised in the US, and the movie is beloved across the whole continent of Africa, from Ethiopia to Nigeria to South Africa. This blows my mind. Wakanda is a fictional mash-up of various African cultures but they made it work and seem authentic to Africans.

  4. Tobie Abad says:

    Thank you so much for mentioning my tiny game.
    And for having noticed it despite the HUGE market of games out there in the world.
    And I do hope you have memorable single moments too!

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