It wasn’t until I read R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War that I felt accepted in an SFF Asian setting, presented by authors of Asian descent.
Thus, here are my recommendations for five stories by Asian SFF writers who write about Asia.
Perhaps reading them will help us rethink “Asian steampunk genres” or “techno orientalism” and learn more about Asia and Asian history as a whole.
I’ve tried to point out actual cultural references and historical references in each book to give a starting point, and I know that I am now more curious about Southeast Asian history and South Asian history because of these books.
Ghost Bride By Yangze ChooThe southeast Asian world of Choo is colorful, fanatical, and true to Chinese folk customs and history.