on diversity in writing
My last post as ACTWC Blogger in Residence was published last week.
For something that means so much to me, this was EASILY the post I most struggled to write.
An issue I'll always think (and indirectly, write) about.
Readers want to feel like you are giving them a voyeuristic glimpse into your world… and not that you are standing on a podium lecturing on ‘Being Asian’ or ‘Being Black.’ If you are going to eat yum cha, don’t tell us every tiny detail of how you use chopsticks to eat authentic soy-braised chicken feet. Tell us about why your brother is silent at the table, why your grandmother won’t cut her little fingernail, and why your parents decided you should get braces at the age of fourteen. Life is not lived as a cultural show, but as a series of small and large decisions that build a character.