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Extra History: Cheng I Sao, Pirate Queen

When I met with the Extra History crew this summer, I could talk about one thing and one thing only:

It was time to greenlight Cheng I Sao.

The moment was perfect. I had access to resources via the Hong Kong library system. There was an exhibit on Cheung Po Tsai at the Maritime Museum. I had even been to many of the locations where the action took place—all I needed was a go order.

And they gave me one. So may I present Extra History: Cheng I Sao, one of the first EH episodes to be researched entirely on-the-ground where the events took place, using local resources.

Incredibly, it seems that work paid off—this episode did 222,000 views in the first 24 hours, and made it to #5 on YouTube’s list of Trending Videos.

Thanks for making that happen, everyone!

A linguistic note: since this episode took place on the South China coast and involved Cantonese characters, we’ve used their Cantonese names. Cheng I Sao is often known as Ching Shih in western sources.


Critical Intel: Now at Waypoint!

Well, it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Here’s one good thing at least — my column Critical Intel has moved from Zam to Waypoint, the new gaming vertical by Vice.

I’m grateful for my time at Zam, but am excited to transition to Waypoint and the many exciting things happening there. We’ve got wonderful stuff in store, from deep-dive investigations of games and politics, to crime stories, to dispatches from around the world.

In fact, this Waypoint team is so good that my first thought was: Man, I’m really going to have to up my game to fit in here.

The first Critical Intel column is already up — it’s on the interactive Ghostbusters haunted house at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, and what it says about Asia’s adoption of Halloween.

This is only the beginning! In the coming weeks and months you’ll get to see some of the best work I’ve ever done, that dives into the hidden subcultures and politics behind games. The columns will be less frequent, but more in-depth.

Thanks for following me on yet another publishing adventure!

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