Writery stuff, thoughts and random rants
I realize that my Chinese experience is a migrant experience, a third/fourth-generation Chinese living in Southeast Asia. My grandparents - Northern and Southern Chinese - brought with them the memories and the cultures of their homeland. My maternal grandmother’s family was already living in Singapore, making more than first-generation. These differences come out, in - say - my writing, be it my YA or my urban fantasy. Southeast Asia - the Malaysian peninsula and Singapore, in my case - has shaped my views and perspectives.
The Chineseness is therefore part of the diaspora. We speak of China as a place where our ancestors came from and nothing else. I still have relatives in Shanghai and Hui An, Fujian - but our experiences distance us, make us so alien to each other.
So, let it be known that my experience as being Chinese is just one of millions, that Lifang’s experience as being Neo-Han is derived from this experience of mine.
Still mulling, still musing.
Feel free to pipe in.
I will be linking the chapters to Starfang's page on my blog: http://awolfstale.wordpress.com/starfang-the-rise-of-the-clan/
Note: Posting of installments will be on the 1st and 15th of each month.
To be honest, I am frustrated.
Frustrated, because the Diversity in YA thing seems to be solely a US thing and also trad. published based. It is fair and well for US folks, but it seems to have ignored YA voices outside the US. Places like Southeast Asia also have YA writers who are struggling simply to get their stuff out there.
IF you come up with excuses like “You need to speak up more” or “You simply don’t write well enough”, this is a ton of bullshit I will not accept. The irony is that we get US agents speaking at local conferences about what they want to see from us —- and nary a sign of Southeast Asian authors being accepted. So, tell me, is this just lip-service or what?
This has always been a thorn at my side, because folks, seriously, we are struggling even in our home countries. Imagine the shit we are going through trying to sell our stuff outside.
So, if you talk about diversity in YA, SHOW me. Not US, not Australia, not UK. Where are the rest of us? Where are the true diversity advocates? I don’t want allies who want a pass or badge to say that they have helped diversity in YA… because simply, there isn’t.
And yes, at the moment, when efforts seem to have met a wall and fall on deaf ears, then I want to watch the world burn.
Wanna talk about Starfang? Poke me.
Stay tuned for Heart of Fire cover reveal.
That I will always feel like an interloper, someone who does not feel accepted or tolerated, when it comes to SFF.