FAQ #1: Where and What is Asia Anyways?
In terms of this blog, the colored portions of the map are what we’re covering as “Asia” and “Asian History”. Countries will be divided mainly by the colors: #West Asia (Yellow), #Central Asia (Blue), #South Asia (Green), #South East Asia (Purple) and #Far East Asia (Red) with the EXCEPTION of Pakistan (#West Asia) and Vietnam (#Far East Asia) due to cultural similarities with the other regions.
FAQ #2: So no Russia, then?
Nope. Russia (historically) has much more to do with Central and Western Europe, and while it exists on the Asian subcontinent, has very little to do with the rest of Asia. I’m not interested in Russian History, and there are plenty of blogs who do cover Russia as part of Europe already.
#FAQ #3: So Who is Asian, then?
Whoever identifies as such.
FAQ #4: What do you post?
Anything relating to the history or historical culture/lifestyle/arts/inventions/stories of the above geographical areas. I like weird things, unique things, inspiring stories, war stories, tales from different empires, and posts about cinema and poetry. I post whatever I can find!
FAQ #5: Will you post about ____? Can I submit ______?
Generally speaking, yes and yes.
FAQ #6: Can Submissions be humourous?
As long as your sense of humor isn’t contingent on racism, yes!
FAQ #7: Why do you use Wikipedia?
Because there’s only so much fact checking and research one person can do for fun.
FAQ #8: Where can I find information [obscure or highly specific topic]? Do you know anything about it?
Chances are I’ve never heard of it before. I’m an art historian, and what I’ve studied of Asia has been mostly about China, Japan, Korea, and India. When you ask me a question, you do so with the understanding that I probably don’t have any clue! Even a PhD specialist really can only inform you about what they specialized in and their range/field of study. This blog is much bigger than mere specialty — it covers an entire continent. So if you’re requesting a topic, I can probably find something. But if you want to research or a quick question: both of us are going to go to google and my resources page first.
FAQ #9: Why did you make this blog?
Because no one else did. I did it as a spur of the moment hobby.
FAQ #10: What about Asian-American History and Asian diaspora?
Asian-Am history can be found on my blog, US History Minus White Guys! It’s linked in the top bar of the page.
FAQ #11: I want to write about Asia/something set in Asia or its Fantasy counterpart. How should I go about this?
Starting with research is always a good thing whenever you write any culture, especially if it is not your own. Tread with respect and passion and listen, listen, listen.
FAQ #12: Are you Asian?
No. I am biracial, Mexican-American. I lived in Asia for a little over a year as a small child, but am not Asian.
FAQ #13: “Describe the socio-cultural differences and the exchange of cultures between 18th century Korea and China, focusing on economy, food, and clothing…”
I’m sorry. I cannot do your homework for you, and if I believe a question (this is a random and made up example) sounds too much like an Essay question, or you demand I post all the information out there for “X” subject in order for you to complete a homework project I will deny your request and remind you of my resources page and that I cannot do your homework or research for you.
Questions that sound like DBQs, High School essays, College essays, and thesis statements will be met with “Please check the research page and talk to your local librarian.”
FAQ #14: What about you? Who are you?
My name is Desiree. I’m an art historian/museum studies major in my final year of undergrad. For personal questions please click on the button that says “the museologist” and find me there!