I'm writing a supernatural story about a team of vampire hunters in the 1850's and one of the members of the team is from China and another is from India. The other two are Scottish and French respectively. How do I make both the Indian and Chinese characters display a point of view accurate to that culture? I don't want them to just seem like western characters, since obviously they are from different cultures and thus would have different mindsets. What sort of sources should I look into?
Chinese and Indian Vampire Hunters
Look into the Qing Dynasty (since that’s the corresponding era), and consume works that take place in it—that should give you a good idea for viewpoints.
Also, I think there were Taoist exorcists, who might have been vampire hunters? if any Chinese followers want to provide suggestions?
1850 was right in the middle of British colonialism in India, two years after Gandhi was assassinated, so definitely do some research into that. There would be freedom fighters and lots of revolutionary acts and anti-British sentiments. This pdf might help with that, but look for primary sources from Indians living then especially.
Edit: Gandhi was assassinated in 1948.
Edit: Fixed link!