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Jha Goh
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  • Riverside, CA
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steampunk postcolonialist from Malaysia in California dealing with intersectionality and general geekery.

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Welcome, Jha Goh!

A Brief Introduction

Jha is a writer, scholar, and general slacker with a control freak streak. She tackles postcolonial and racial issues within steampunk. She hosts the Literary Salon and believes strongly in literacy causes. Hailing from the peninsula of Malaysia, she currently resides on the West Coast of North America, specifically in California. She has an undergrad degree in English, (Hons, b******!) and a minor in Creative Writing.

One of Jha's personal spaces on the Internetz is Intersectionality Dreaming, where she tackles such arcane and academic topics as Star Trek, race, gender, and writing. She also has a pet steampunk project, called Silver Goggles, where she explores colonial and racial narratives in steampunk. Silver Goggles is also groundwork for her Major Research Project in her MA in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory at McMaster University. It is also a recording space for her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside, where she will tackle issues of neocolonialism, capitalist consumerism and multicultural rhetoric in steampunk.

She is most famous for her work at during Steampunk Month, 2009. She has contributed to Steampunk: Reloaded (Tachyon, October 2010), Fashion Talks (SUNY Press, 2011), Beyond Victoriana, and Racialicious. When not focusing on her thesis, Jha can be often found on Twitter and Tumblr. Her interests tend towards literature, socio-political/semi-philosophical commentary, music, and the culinary arts, as opposed to aesthetics. In other words, she is sometimes very smart, but cannot dress well.

Jha Goh's Blog

Steampunk Shakspeare Update

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:19pm 0 Comments

:O I know, I'm so sorry, I should come back to Steampunk Empire more often than just "once in a while" but I am so bad at social networks like Ning! Anyway, The Omnibus of Dr. Bill Shakes is well on its way, just waiting for an introduction from the famous Steampunk Scholar Mike Perschon now!

I also had a good run of conventions last year, and am hoping to attend a few more this coming year before settling down into a PhD. I'll be continuing my work on steampunk, but this time…


Call for Submissions! The Omnibus of Doctor Bill Shakes and the Magnificent Ionic Pentatetrameter!

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 1:23pm 0 Comments

If that title doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will, but yes, the Steampunk imprint of Flying Pen Press will be releasing this anthology, and the editors are Matt Delman (of Free the Princess and Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders), Lia Keyes (hostess of the…


New At Silver Goggles!

Posted on November 12, 2010 at 10:37pm 0 Comments

My research continues apace! I have a new tag: MRP Adventures for those interested in watching my project develope over the course of my MA.

Steampunk Abstractions: Commodification and Semantics

Posted on October 26, 2010 at 9:18am 0 Comments

I have two posts up today:

At Steampunk Abstractions: On Commodification -…


Scott Westerfeld's Behemoth

Posted on September 26, 2010 at 3:54pm 1 Comment

It is awesome. You must get it when it comes out. And Leviathan too, since that's the first book.

I will be writing a review of it on soon.

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The Literary Salon

The premier space on the Empire to discuss, review, and analyse books, articles and other texts of interest. Discuss what you're reading and/or writing, or other such snobby things.
Aug 20
Prof. Sebastian Fate commented on Jha Goh's group The Literary Salon
" Nix on ' Airborn ' , myself but you might place a discussion on the Front Page . "
Mar 29
Nikki Woolfolk commented on Jha Goh's group The Literary Salon
"I've been voluntold by a CT librarian in my area to read Oppel's AIRBORN. I have no idea about the plot besides the setting is Steampunk. I just mentioned the word Steampunk to the librarian and she sent me out with lots of books, even…"
Mar 29
Leslie Orton commented on Jha Goh's group The Literary Salon
"            Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #19: "Springheel" Jack The Ripper CAPTURED!!!! Courtesans Armed with Deadly Fans Seek Justice! Miss Amelia Owen Kibbey…"
Oct 30, 2014
Leslie Orton commented on Jha Goh's group The Literary Salon
"          Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #18:                       Now You Can LIVE in the Steampunk World! Steampunk Online Game Designer Interviewed by…"
Oct 17, 2014
Leslie Orton commented on Jha Goh's group The Literary Salon
"Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #17: Anything Goes at the 10th Annual Steamship Races! Surprise Winner and Vows For Revenge! Visit this…"
Sep 29, 2014
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Aug 24, 2014
Leslie Orton commented on Jha Goh's group The Literary Salon
"Hello, fellow academics! If you feel strongly about a book or magazine issue, or an article you have read, please feel free to write a review and submit it to The Aether Chronicle! Lead story in this week's edition? Jack The Ripper…"
Aug 18, 2014

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At 12:21pm on April 22, 2012, Balogun Ojetade said…

Hello there!! Glad to be here! Thanks for the friendship!! :)

At 11:43pm on January 1, 2012, The Time Traveler's Boyfriend said…


I have been reading Silver Goggles - a very good blog indeed!


At 12:47pm on September 12, 2011, Captain Vila Resthal said…
Happy Birthday, Jha!
At 9:53am on September 12, 2011, Jolly Roger said…
Happiest of birthday greetings to you Jha, Cheers!;)
At 10:02pm on April 2, 2011, Dr. Alice Wolfenden said…
Good luck with your presentation and term papers, Jha! I hope your thesis goes well. I submitted my thesis in February. We've only just organised my examiners (Australian PhDs require external examination by several experts instead of dissertation defense) so it'll be a few months before I find out if I've passed or not. I swear it's more stressful handing the thesis in than writing it in the first place!

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