Going Live: Language and Fantasy in the Southeast Asian Vtuber Universe

Conversations  |  SEA Focus  |  Non-fiction  |  English  |  1 hr

19 Nov, Sun, 9.00pm to 10.00pm
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Don't judge their cuteness by its cover—Southeast Asian VTubers are the new meta in streaming! Taking the form of adorable anime-inspired avatars, their arsenal of talents is only rivalled by their ability to seamlessly transition across multiple languages on stream. Effortlessly shifting from a bilingual Genshin Impact stream in one video to performing a Japanese song cover in the next, how has language allowed them to find a niche at the intersection of Southeast Asian and East Asian fan culture? We talk to these Vtubers about putting a regional spin on an internet phenomenon that originally started in Japan, engaging with a multilingual fanbase, and the storytelling that makes their virtual persona come to life.


Felicia has worked in bookselling and publishing for over a decade. She is the Publisher at Difference Engine and also one half of the writing team behind the best-selling Sherlock Sam series of children’s books. She has her first published adult fantasy short story in Fish Eats Lion Redux and is working on a webcomic adaptation.