Asians Represent

Asians Represent! is here to celebrate the brilliant Asian creators in the analogue gaming community while examining the challenges they face within the industry. They also regularly deconstruct the use of Asian cultural tropes in gaming by asking, “Is this cultural appreciation, or appropriation?”

Daniel Kwan

Agatha Cheng

Agatha Cheng burst into the RPG scene in early 2015 armed solely with the knowledge that gnomes are a fantasy race and apparently so are bards. She has since waded deep into the world of story games and LARPs, but still maintains the wide-eyed enthusiasm of that long ago first session. When not obsessively dissecting pop culture and media, she has a particular fondness for sad games, romance RPGs, and Chinese wuxia dramas. burst into the RPG scene in early 2015 armed solely with the knowledge that gnomes are a fantasy race and apparently so are bards. She has since waded deep into the world of story games and LARPs, but still maintains the wide-eyed enthusiasm of that long ago first session. When not obsessively dissecting pop culture and media, she has a particular fondness for sad games, romance RPGs, and Chinese wuxia dramas.

Daniel Kwan is one of the co-owners of Dundas West Games, an educational creative producer, and co-host of the Asians Represent! podcast on the One Shot Network. Daniel has co-authored Zany Zoo! and is currently working on Ross Rifles – a WWI dramatic action RPG powered by the apocalypse. In addition to his design work, Daniel is one of the co-founders of Level Up Gaming – a Toronto-based organization that provides adults with autism and other disabilities opportunities to develop their social skills through group gaming experiences. He also oversees the Royal Ontario Museum’s Dungeons & Dragons program, which uses tabletop roleplaying games to teach teens history, science, and social skills.

Metatopia & Thousand Arrows ft. James Mendez Hodes

James Mendez Hodes is a Filipino American TTRPG writer, developer, editor, and sensitivity reader. His latest creation, Thousand Arrows: a Samurai Action & Drama TTRPG is now on Kickstarter. James and Daniel discussed whether or not you have to be Japanese to write a game set in Japan. They dove into their academic histories and...

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Episode 2 – Learning Through Play (part 1)

Can tabletop gaming save the world? For part one of our “Learning Through Play” arc, we talked about the educational potential that role playing games hold. We also chatted with Khairul Hisham, a sci-fi/fantasy artist and English teacher in Malaysia who uses RPGs in his classroom! Support Khairul’s work at: www.patreon.com/hishgraphics Check out his blog and work...

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Ep 1 – Orientalism

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,...

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Episode Zero

Welcome to Asians Represent! – a series of unfiltered conversations that celebrate the contributions of Asian creators to analog gaming. For the inaugural episode, hosts Daniel Kwan and Agatha Cheng discuss what the show is about, what listeners can expect, and why this podcast is important for the gaming community.” If you have questions about...

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