Seeing the Enemy with Shang Oracle Bones

China’s Shang dynasty ruled a Bronze Age proto-state that used a lot of divination to inform the king’s decisions. The pyromancy that Shang officials wielded to understand their world left a rich trove of documentary evidence: oracle bones covered in burns and writing. They’re a great fit for RPG campaigns, even ones that don’t have […]

The Chinese Legation to the Paris Commune

In 1870, the government of China had to send an emergency legation to Paris in response to an incident in a Chinese port. It was an unusual circumstance; this was only the third formal diplomatic mission sent by the Qing dynasty to the Western world. A translator with the 1870 mission, Zhang Deyi, had served […]

Kunming Stone Forest

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Hu in the Asylum

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Bandits, Agricultural College, and the Century of Humiliation

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Xuanzang and the Five Border Towers

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Shanty Hunters: Ports

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The Confucian Village of Misfortune

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Zheng He’s Alien Invasion

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Shen Fu’s Complicated Family

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Zhang Xi and the Plot That Wasn’t

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Ching Shih

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The Wokou Raiders

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The Wonders of Sir John Mandeville (Asia)

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Stealing Tea From China

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