Addressing Troubling Tropes Regarding Asian and Asian-Americans in YA (and Excuses For Them That Need to Stop)
*While the main focus will be on the YA genre in this post, these tropes do apply to other literature genres as well*
This is a truly thorough and excellent run down of why writing Asian characters can be troubling. Hey, I’m Asian American and I’ve still made my own set of blunders! And I totally agree that we can be fans of things that are problematic. But the beautiful thing is we learn and we become more aware and we keep writing.
I agree with Ellen. Making mistakes is human and of course, it’s okay to like problematic things (there are problematic things in everything because no one is perfect / no one exists outside the influence of their society), but we should strive to educate ourselves and be better people. The original post is a thorough, very good summary of issues that come up often when writing Asian/Asian-descent characters and worlds - many of which probably aren’t obvious to people unfamiliar with Asian cultures, history, and past and modern experience. Read up and do the work, people!