An Introduction to Xianxia

An article by JC Kang The most widely read fantasy story in history is not George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, nor even JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. That honor belongs to Jin Yong’s Condor Trilogy, which fits into the Wuxia (pronounced ooo-shyah, literally Martial Knight-Errant) genre. If you’ve seen Crouching Tiger,…

A Basic Introduction to Youkai

Every culture has its folklore about inhuman creatures, and in Japan these are the youkai (also yōkai). There are thousands of these entities, with diverse personalities and habits, from tiny spirits which live in wild grasses or appear only as lights on tree branches to enormous monsters which might crash through your roof at night.