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This evening the wonderful Soo Yun-nim of Meridies joins me in my peristylium to give an overview of eastern sex workers before 1600 CE.
Often overlooked as it grows in our society, the history of sex work in Asia is just as varied and fascinating as it’s history in the west. In this salon we learn about the historical sex workers of Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, India, and the Middle East. Soo Yun-nim portrays a Korean sex worker, and she shares her persona story along with the inspiration for it. We discuss the globalization of the SCA and medievalism in general. We get in to some of the challenges of developing a non-European persona in the SCA, and the rewards that far outweigh them.
Our sound engineer, Wyatt, is still in a brace healing up. He wanted to do this episode against doctor’s orders but I wouldn’t let him. You’re stuck with my editing for at least one more episode. Please keep sending him those good thoughts. <3
Interested in helping plan the Eastern Salon at Gulf Wars 2020? Check out the Eastern Salon Planning Group!
Era names for various eastern cultures throughout SCA time periods will help you find more accurate information on your era. Use the timeline to look up it’s proper name for your google and library searches.
Be sure to bookmark Soo Yun-min’s site, Musings of Crane and Lotus, to keep up with all of her research into the medieval history of Asia.
Regions of the east as we discuss them in the episode of the podcast:
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Sound Engineering: Evan Meier
Script Manager: Kate DuVall (Sophia Berkeley)
- Intro Music: The King of Denmark’s Galliard, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen. Sounds provided by ZapSplat and AmbientMixer.
- Whores of History: Lachrimae Antiquae, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Performed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen.
“Constancy Part Two”, “Suonatore di Liuto”, and “Schmetterling” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. Sounds provided by ZapSplat and Tabletop Audio. “Creepy church bell” by Aeonemi and “woman crying sobbing cry sob sad” by bulbastre via freesound.org.
- Outro Music: Lachrimae Antiquae, written by John Dowland and published in 1604 in Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares. Perfomed by I Solipsisti. Provided by MusOpen.
Podcast ambience provided by ZapSplat and Tabletop Audio.
Edited with Audacity.