Transnational Geek

Author M. H. Boroson shares his geeky passions: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, spirit magic kung fu movies, the ethics of cultural appropriation, Chinese American literature and history, The Dresden Files, Daoist magic, strong female characters, Asian monsters, spirit world depictions, traditional Chinese foods, race, class, gender, and culture.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Racebending tumblr has some good insights on writing other peoples' cultures:

I think it is definitely a good thing that you are conscientious of cultural appropriation.  It is good that you are trying to work through the contradiction that you are feeling (“I still wish to go ahead with this book, knowing full well that I am appropriating a culture while simultaneously loathing people who appropriate cultures.”)  This kind of self awareness is important.  It is also good to see authors want to feature characters of color and to create fantasy worlds that are not based on medieval Europe.

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