Mythical Drabbles: ‘Tang Sanzang in the 21st Century’ by Jo Wu

Today’s drabble is by one of our top contributors, Jo Wu! Check out her impressive list of publications with us below.

Jo’s drabble, ‘Tang Sanzang in the 21st Century’ is part of a triptych in the Mythical Beings of Asia anthology.

Tang Sanzang in the 21st Century

Jo Wu

Tang Sanzang gazed out the window. “Really? It’s the 21st century, and demons are STILL trying to eat me?”

Demons had shapeshifted over the centuries. Now, instead of craving to eat his flesh, they wore human skins and wielded hefty cameras. The paparazzi wanted his photos, or track down Sun Wukong, or badger him for the details of his story over the past centuries, and how the fictionalized novelization had made movies and endless adaptations of his life. He was able to make it to India and back to China, thank you very much.

“Luckily for me, I’m a hermit.”


Jo Wu was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied Biology and Creative Writing at UC Berkeley. When writing, she can be found typing away in her Google Docs, accompanied by a Poisoned Apple mug that is constantly refilled with green tea, while blasting a mix of metal and orchestral scores. When she is not writing, she will be sewing her next costume or deadlifting her next powerlifting goal.

Work published with INSIGNIA STORIES:

Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles (Insignia Drabbles Vol.2.)

Mythical Creatures of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.3.)

Mythical Beings of Asia (Insignia Drabbles Vol.4.)

‘Moon Rabbit’, Insignia 2020: Best Asian Speculative Fiction

‘Cthulhu Tentacles are Delicious’, Insignia 2021: Best Asian Speculative Fiction

‘The Amaterasu Kimono’, Castles & Kimono (Insignia Series Vol.8.)

Featured Photo by Miss Zhang on Unsplash

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