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inkstone:

jhameia:

crossedwires:

inkstone:

Did I seriously just read a submissions call for a steampunk wuxia anthology that included the line an alternate history where Britain not only won the Opium War but conquered China…??

Does that even count as alternate history??

Look, okay, unless that scenario features Chinese rebels overthrowing their British oppressors, there’s no way that story wouldn’t be full of fail.

Ugh. I can’t believe someone thought this was a good idea. Well, I guess I can believe it (and that some people out there are probably contemplating writing it), I just don’t want to.

WHY does the world need more fic that glorifies imperialism & colonialism?

1) Yes you did read that line.

2) It’s TOTALLY ALTERNATE BECAUSE BRITAIN DIDN’T CONQUER CHINA

3) A lot of white people probably think this is a good idea. Prolly now a lot more since China is becoming a rising power. So Chinese culture is totally equal to white culture amirite? And totally game for messing around with, because look, those Chinese ppls do that to us all the time anyway. 

Is it… IS THAT THE GUY WHO WROTE A “WUXIA” STORY SET IN POST-APOCALYPTIC CANADA (no offense to my Canadian followers — I’m just saying, when I think “wuxia,” I don’t think of your country) THAT FEATURED CHARACTERS NAMED MARC AND SUSANNAH?

I don’t know. And I think I don’t want to know. His story is in Crossed Genres Quarterly 1 if you want to track it down. 

But I have feelings about this antho.

(via inkstone-deactivated20130227)

On Being The Problem

  • yiduiqie: oh my god he left like a million messages in a row
  • what is his problem
  • Jaymee: ME!
  • yiduiqie: ahahahah
  • HOW DARE YOU JAYMEE
  • Jaymee: I AM YOUR WHITE MALE PROBLEM
  • I AM YOUR REMINDER THAT YOU ARE A WHITE MALE STRAIGHT CIS EUROCENTRIC DUDEBRO
  • yiduiqie: god i hate them
  • Jaymee: I AM YOUR REMINDER OF A HISTORY OF COLONIALISM YOU HAVE INHERITED
  • I AM YOUR REMINDER OF YOUR FLAWED CIVILIZATION'S SINS
  • I AM THE TEAR IN THE FABRIC OF YOUR UNIVERSE THAT WILL NEVER SEAL UP
  • I AM YOUR GODDAMN FUCKING PROBLEM BECAUSE I WILL NOT SHUT UP
  • UNTIL YOUR EDITORS REALIZE WHAT A SHITTY WRITER YOU ARE AND STOP PUBLISHING YOU
  • OR UNTIL YOU REALIZE WHAT A SHITTY WRITER YOU ARE AND START IMPROVING
  • and even then I still wouldn't shut the hell up
  • ME! I AM THE PROBLEM!
  • and that is my new manifesto.
  • yiduiqie: this is like how my brand in australian sff fandom is 'yells at people, is chinese'
  • and i'm ok with that
  • do it
  • Jaymee: yeah me too
  • yiduiqie: DO IT

Did Arabs in Al-Andalus ever stop developing their sciences?

Serious question. Wikipedia’s not helping and I know way too little about this history to be able to create meaningful search phrases, whether for Google, the library catalogue, or journal databases. 

Cyberpunk-styled South Asian science fiction music video with an espionage story involving a chase, a hint of romance and betrayal.

INNIT IT GREAT???????

This sounds like my kind of dissertation.

jessnevins:

You are all following Chinese History Dissertation Reviews, of course.

What? You’re not? Really?

Well, you’re missing out on things like this, from the review of Matthew David Johnson’s International and Wartime Origins of the Propaganda State: The Motion Picture in China, 1897-1955:

In Chapter Three, “Wartime Propaganda States, 1937-1945,” Johnson skillfully shows how cinema yielded to the omnipresent logic of wartime mobilization as the Nationalists, the Communists, and the Japanese state of Manchuria each used film to influence mass opinion and legitimate their political power. Driven by wartime mobilization, the Nationalists attempted to assimilate commercial modes of production under state control; yet a lack of resources left the Nationalist film industry unable to realize its hegemonic aspirations. The Communists, located in remote Yan’an and subject to frequent blockades and attacks, were not significantly more successful, failing to construct even basic film production facilities. At times, the Yan’an production stories recounted by Johnson read as tragicomic sagas: A Border Region Labor Hero, originally slated to be a major Yan’an production, lost scriptwriters, faced electric shortages and other technical difficulties, was repeatedly disrupted by battles, and was finally abandoned when the figure upon whom the story was based, Wu Manyou, was captured by the Nationalists and issued a public denunciation of the Communist Party. Japanese-occupied Manchuria, in the meantime, saw the emergence of an integrated ‘state-policy’ film industry which would serve as a model for later state film operations.

I can’t be the only one who wants to read about A Border Region Labor Hero and the nascent Communist film industry’s struggles in Yan’an. Can I?

Well, we Tumblrites might be if it were on Tumblr! However, many of us do have feeds of our own that we can most certainly add this lovely link to! Thank you, Mr. Nevins, for bringing this to our attention!