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  • Interview with R.F. Kuang
    An interview hosted by JC Kang Rebecca F. Kuang (writing as R. F. Kuang) immigrated to the US from Guangzhou, China in 2000. When she isn’t writing books she is a student of Chinese history focusing on…
  • Interview with Fonda Lee
    An interview hosted by JC Kang Today we have a real treat for you! Fonda Lee, author of the Nebula nominated Jade City, is here to speak with us! If you’ve not read Jade City you are missing out. But…
  • Asian Fantasy: SPFBO Edition
    A roundtable interview hosted by JC Kang With Lunar New Year around the corner, I joined a group chat with SFPBO past and present finalists Rob J. Hayes (Never Die, 2019), Virginia McClain (Blade’s Edge, 2019), M….
  • Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien
    A review by JC Kang Mean Girls meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon…on ice! (or I, Tonya meets Jin Yong) As an wuxia film aficionado, and the parent of two competitive ice skaters (word of caution to those of you with young…
  • The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
    A review by JC Kang The Poppy War’s darkness meets The Last Airbender’s elemental magic. Being a second world conflict between China and Japan, M. L. Wang’s The Sword of Kaigen brought to my mind R. F. Kuang’s meteoric debut, The…
  • Nightblade by Ryan Kirk
    A review by JC Kang As a fan of epic fantasy with diverse casts, I always saw Ryan Kirk’s Nightblade atop the Asian Myths and Legends charts on Amazon, reminding me I needed to finish it. Though it had…
  • The Poppy War by RF Kuang
    A review by JC Kang Today is May 4, coincidentally the 99th anniversary of the first popular protest in China’s history. Due to the somber tone of The Poppy War, I am eschewing my usual levity in this…
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee
    A review by JC Kang Aficionados of Hong Kong Cinema, hear me out: Imagine Chow Yun-Fat in one of his classic ‘90s Triad movies, but give him the superhuman martial skills from the Show Brothers’ Golden Age…
  • Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
    A review by JC Kang “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon meets The Walking Dead.” As an ethnic Chinese martial arts practitioner, I have a love-hate relation with Wuxia. My first introduction to the genre came not through literature, but through…