|dmp (dmp) wrote,|
@ 2011-05-15 01:07 pm UTC
First stop in this Con Extravaganza series is Nova Albion
, based in Santa Clara, California. This con was formerly named Steam Powered, and I first heard about it from Mike Perschon
's blog years ago. This year's Nova Albion is the first steampunk convention to address a non-Western theme, and I was intrigued when they had invited me as a speaker back in the fall of 2010. Obviously, having a theme like this was an opportunity to break a lot of ground in the community.... or it could've easily been flooded with cultural objectification (because we all know how much white people love consuming and commodifying Asian stuff
) without any equally reciprocal interactions with, well, other Asians & Asian-Americans and our history and culture.
To be honest, this con was great in a lot of ways, but its treatment of the theme wasn't perfect. I had a bunch of fantastic experiences and a bunch of uncomfortable ones. The reports and footage from this event, then, address a lot of different aspects, and our guest reporters and myself definitely walked away with dynamically different impressions of the con.Read more on BeyondVictoriana.com