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.

Dungeons & Da Asians #2: Zhouxia’s Spear

On this episode of Dungeons & Da Asians, Deng Feng struggles with the prophetic words they heard when touching the jade omen from the heavens. The party visits one of the many fortresses near the capital of Chang’an – the mighty Zhouxia’s Spear – only to find that things are not as they seem. If...

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Ross Rifles – Surviving Ypres (Episode 1)

Welcome to the Great War. The Asians Represent actual play crew dives into Daniel’s upcoming World War One TTRPG Ross Rifles! Agatha, Ammar, and Steve will create and inhabit the lives of soldiers from the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) stationed on the Western Front. Sent overseas to fight for crown and country, they will make personal sacrifices in the name of Canada, and experience the horrors of industrialized war.

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Dungeons & Da Asians #1: The Stone of Heaven

Welcome to the Emerald Realms, a land on the brink of total war. Empress Zhouxia the Supreme sends untested political agent La Ning alongside Sky Soldier Dong Feng and Martial Artist W’Leed to the town to Jingde to investigate a mysterious cosmic phenomenon that threatens the legitimacy of her rule. If you have questions about...

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Dungeons & Da Asians – Session 0

To celebrate Asians Represent’s nomination for Best Podcast at the 2019 ENnie Awards, here’s session zero of our upcoming D&D actual play…Dungeons & Da Asians! You’ll be introduced to Dong-Feng (Agatha) the crustacean sky soldier, W’Leed the human pirate, and Ning (Steve) the water genasi rogue as we prepare for our upcoming adventure through the kingdom of Xia!

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New Shambala #4 – Finale

On the season finale of New Shambala, the Asians Represent crew says goodbye to Jayd as she embarks on her new career in the UK! Our heroes Jhangir, Naomi, and Tommy then struggle with a coordinated attack on the city. If you have questions about this episode’s themes, suggestions, or anything else related to Asians...

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Episode 9: Safety Tools for Streamers ft. Kienna Shaw

TTRPG streamer and designer Kienna Shaw joined Daniel and Agatha for a discussion of safety tools in online games! Apologies for Daniel’s raspy voice; he was very sick during the recording!

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New Shambala #3 – A Bond is Formed (Another Broken)

On episode 3 of Masks: New Shambala, Tommy (Daniel), Naomi (Jayd), and Jhangir (Ammar) find themselves in awkward situations. Jhangir deals with the very public broadcasting of his heroics, while Naomi confronts Tommy about his behaviour. If you have questions about this episode’s themes, suggestions, or anything else related to Asians Represent, get in touch...

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May Bonus: Swords & Flowers ft. Ben Chong

For May’s bonus episode of Asians Represent Daniel and Ammar interviewed Ben Chong, a game designer, and game dev lecturer at KDU University College – Malaysia’s top Game Development Bachelors program in Game Art, Design, & Technology.

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Hearts of Wulin ft. Agatha!

You read that right, Agatha not only co-hosts this episode but is also the guest of honour! In her words, she’s the co-guest!

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