awsickdude asked: One of my main characters is Korean-American, but I'm afraid of white-washing his ancestry or making him into a stereotypical caricature. So I was wondering if you had any resources about Korean culture, writing characters outside of my race, etc?
I swear, like clockwork, we get this question nearly every month. What is the secret to writing something different from me? There are no secrets, there is no guides, no quick lists of what all Korean-Americans are like (because no one works that way). Don’t treat characters like they’re some unfathomable other, because they’re not, they’re human beings like you and me and anyone else.
Why are you worried about writing a stereotypical caricature? Is it because that’s all you know? Change that. Consume media written by Korean-Americans, realize that being Korean-American will effect who he is just like your background effects who you are, and make sure your characters are human beings.
Worried about white-washing history? Read history. There’s lots of it out there, by Korean-Americans, and it’s easily accessible on the internet. Go to museums, check out books assigned in Asian American studies. They exist, you’re just not looking for them.
Stop being afraid of writing POC characters because “you might get it wrong.” Do type the questions you just asked me into google, and start from there. Do realize that your characters are human, share the same interests and motivations as everyone else, and should be treated as such. .
STANDING OVATION OVER HERE.
"Wow. I understand now. I saw all the terrible things white supremacy has done and is capable of today. I wish I wasn’t white :("
[A teeny tiny girl of color with a mug as big as her face saying “I don’t care if you don’t like me. I love me.” Then she does the cutest wink that becomes a blink]
Have some cute today!
"So there’s a lot of silence about it, there’s a lot of tip-toeing, but we need to point out how these artists are really middle-men, that the big winners here are the industry. That they’re making money off of the deeply, destructive representations of black people, especially black women that is unprecedented. If Puffy’s got 400 million we know that the industry at large is making hundreds of millions of dollars off of these representations."
Ohh you can watch the whole thing through the link!
Laverne Cox, Keynote address, Creating Change 2014
How though? I’m not disagreeing or anything just someone explain how it’s an act of violence because I don’t really get it, I assumed violence was people being beaten up or shot in the street. I don’t know much about trans issues and I’m new to this subject.
Misgendering a trans woman, especially a woman of color like ms. Cox, puts us in seriously physical danger. The world is a very, very dangerous place for trans women, and outting us is just amplifying that danger
Also you’re a shitty person with ZERO respect or consideration for others if you do.
BTW, if you want to know more about trans people, how about not following anti-SJers that regularly harass trans people and make our lives even more shit?
That’s What She Said - A queer, Asian-American web series following the lives of 5 friends in Los Angeles. Created out of a desire to see positive Asian representations in the media, as well as to give voice to the often untold stories of queer Asian women, the series chronicles the lives of five fictional characters – Leslie, Rae, Shin, Baby, and Nic – within the queer sphere of the greater Los Angeles area.
"I think what we need is a colorblind society." Now folks, when you hear somebody say that you know you’re listening to a racist…
THIS WAS IN
NINETEEN FUCKING NINETY-TWO
Jane Elliot is the fucking truth
she goes “i know this maybe hard for you because white males are accustomed to telling people things not listening to people so let me break it down for you”
i have died and she has resurrected me
There was a time in the early 90’s where people were really talking about race and what it meant to be black.
White privilege is to be able to quote Martin Luther King Jr. (only certain parts, of course) in order to silence people of color. To use his legacy as an excuse to treat people like crap, because dammit, we’re all “equal” (but some are more equal than others, right) now and blah people should stop complaining! And yet there’s silence when its time to recall the struggle and hatred he worked so hard against.
Newsflash: Non violent resistance is still resistance, and he didn’t work so that you can maintain your privilege at any cost, mm’kay?
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Racebent LotR: The Elves
Lord Elrond of Rivendell—Peter Mensah
Arwen Undómiel—Estella Daniels
Lord Celeborn—Daniel Dae Kim
Lady Galadriel—Indira Varma
Legolas Thranduillion—Jesse Williams
Haldir of the Galadhrim—Paolo Montalban
I’m here for all of this. ESPECIALLY Arwen.
This doesnt make any fucking sense stop it.
I know you people are obsessed with having PoC in everything but thats not the setting of the books.
For fucks sake.
“stop it”? “i know you people are obsessed with having poc in everything”? could you be any more… wow, whats the word im looking for… ignorant is too cliche. dense? daft? i dont know, but obviously you have never experienced a lack of representation in the media. obviously you have no clue what its like to grow up and rarely see people who look like you and are set in a positive light. i reckon youve hardly even entertained the thought, otherwise youd have a fucking lick of compassion for poc representation. you would be more open to even the idea, literally the harmless fancasting of poc for a book written by an incredibly privileged white guy in the 30’s/40’s. (not to mention racist, which- surprise! is what makes this so refreshing.)
is a socially outdated books adaptation more important than considering being inclusive to all races of actors? what, would that ruin the story? taint it for you? NO, and if it did youd just straight up be a fucking racist and not just an ignorant kid. is it more important to have white elves, white dwarves, white hobbits, white COMPLETELY NORMAL FANTASY HUMAN BEINGS than any kind of poc- for the sake of the MILLIONS of poc (most importantly, children) who see these movies? (i’m talking about the “good guys” here, don’t even get me started on how the only poc in the books were INHERENTLY EVIL.)
of course it isnt. so you stop, and consider what threatens you so much about this that you had to go and say something so fucking stupid. or just get mad and unfollow me, that works too. bottom line: if the movie adaptations had gone the route of this post and cast at least one LotR race with poc, the movies would have tenfolded the cultural relevance and significance of the story in comparison to those precious books. oh yeah, baby. i went there.
THE LAST AIRBENDER HAD WHITE PEOPLE IT DID NOT STICK TO THE CARTOONS. And all these white people came up with 10000000000 excuses.
POC can’t be in your fantasy worlds and we can’t be in ours either? Fuck that and fuck you.
White people ain’t got shit to complain about for movies.
NOT A DAMN THING
White privilege is inserting yourself into narratives you weren’t even in
After Seven Years, Dutch Diplomat Couple Returns their Adopted Korean Daughter
Raymond Poeteray, vice consul at the Dutch Consulate General in Hong Kong, and his wife, Meta, adopted baby “Jade” from South Korea in 2000 at the age of four months. The couple believed themselves to be infertile at the time.
The diplomat’s wife subsequently conceived two biological children. The couple then left their eight-year-old adopted daughter in foster care, claiming she was never able to integrate into their family, and that “it was difficult to raise her because of culture shock.”
Upon the child’s abandonment in Hong Kong, officials discovered that the parents never registered the child as a citizen or even a resident, and she had no legal status or protection under the Dutch, Hong Kong, or Korean governments.
Oh poor baby. :( That is just so fucked up. Fucking white people.
and this is why white people should be stringently watched when adopting PoC babbies.
This couple was also in the news earlier this year accused of espionage which…I can’t say I’m shocked actually to find out that they are morally bankrupt.
In case you wanted to cry or be disgusted today