Classic pulp-era writers looked to French Indochina and the islands of the South Pacific as mysterious and exotic settings, a source for strange artifacts and distant adventure. Leng, the Tcho-Tcho, and Shugoran were inserted into the region without consideration for local cultures and history. Unsurprisingly, fiction and gaming scenarios by Western authors often focus on the island-hopping of the Pacific War and events of the Second Indochina War. Our panelists look at the representation of SE Asian cultures in weird fiction, issues of appropriation, the adaptation and repurposing of Western lore, and the development of the weird in Southeast Asia.
Panelists: Nadia Bulkin, Cassandra Khaw, Bryan Thao Worra (M)
Theme music created by Brett Miller http://www.brettmillermusic.net/