Chapter Thirteen: Spring Festival arrives, Ming Zhu’s reluctance to talk about her father.
13 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
More on diversity tweets: More and more I feel distant from the US diversity convo.
Distant, because I feel that their perspectives on diversity do not apply to me or the rest of the world.
We follow similar lines and vastly different lines. Lines do not converge. If they meet, it’s a forced convergence.
I feel that the conversations are going no where, unless the US diversity convo stops dominating and drowning other voices.
Not everyone agrees with your versions of diversity.
When I talk about different needs, I am talking about the different types of markets – and how they fulfil certain things.
SEA people want to be acknowledged, not as third-world people. BUT AS PROPER CULTURES WITH THEIR OWN TRADITIONS.
SEA voices are here to stay. My voice is here to stay. But our voices do not figure in the US diversity convo.
Once issues like accessibility are confronted, then I think discussion would properly start.
Privilege too. Confront your privilege, US. Like it or not, it’s affecting your perspectives how diversity is viewed.
Privilege affects accessibility. The US decides what is heard and what is not. It should not be.
There is the world outside the US and it is not just you.
Acknowledge the fact that you need to deal with your own issues of accessibility and letting marginalized groups speak first.
As for us folks in the SEA, we have our own issues of accessibility and what diversity means to us.
We need to re-look what diversity really is and how we are going to cope/adapt/deal with it.
Tolerance doesn’t necessarily mean acceptance. BUT we cannot push issues away and wish they don’t affect us.
So, what is diversity to you?
12 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
Consolidation of my tweets last night:
Before I turn in, some words: I am now very wary of the word ‘diversity’, since there are people who ignore it or interpret it (1/2)
for their own personal gains. Or religious “interests”. Don’t use diversity like a ticket or pass. (2/2)
This week, my own country who think that it is diverse is not.
Do you want to be truly diverse? Can you really face up being truly diverse?
This discussion on diversity goes hand in hand with privilege, race and class. And is different in different countries.
What is diverse for you might not be diverse for others. And who decides who and which is diverse? You? Me?
I believe that the US convo on diversity is different from what we perceive elsewhere. And US convo on diversity should not dictate (1/2)
what should be the same in other countries. No cookie-cutter situation: we are different. (2/2)
I think sometimes, people in the States forget that there is another world outside. Or worlds.
We need diverse books, yes. Perhaps in your context.
For SEA, the trick is to get into different markets with different needs.
So, don’t talk to me about diversity, because it’s different for you and me.
Unfortunately, for people who want to break into the US market, it’s basically “follow trends”. Or write “diverse”.
People keep on telling us to write from the heart. But honestly, who is listening?
Now who is truly interested in urban fantasy set in SEA or Chinese werewolves? Another thing is to get people who ARE enthusiastic & (1/2)
and will acquire authors and artists who are not-US and non-Anglo. Where are these people? (2/2)
Sometimes, I feel… no wait, most of the time, I feel it’s pretty talking over our heads and crossed signals when it comes to diversity.
And honestly, writing from my heart – not easy, because my version of diversity does not fit yours.
Different markets, different needs, different interpretations. And intersectional needs. That’s the issue now in the diversity convo.
It also ties in with accessibility. Not all of us have accessible to the diversity convo, or even cons.
11 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
Hint of Spring: Spring Festival is around the corner.
10 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
Two princesses clash over… well… sharing one single dragon body: Chapter Eleven
07 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
… is up and running: The Winter Solstice Festival.
06 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
04 Jul 2014 1 Comment
Can Francesca survive this? Read about it in Chapter 9.