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Thread #140865 Message #3239602
Posted By: MorwenEdhelwen1
15-Oct-11 - 06:21 PM
Thread Name: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
Subject: RE: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
BTW, I am a Chinese-Australian woman, and if a White writer wrote a book with a criminal character referred to only as "The Chinese", or "the Chinaman" (old term, I know) I would be offended. Basically because no-one calls a Chinese man, or a man of Chinese descent, a "Chinaman" in the 21st century (I hope) but also it's offensive to only refer to a person by their ethnicity/religion/ancestry, especially if they are the only charcter with that background in your story, and everyone else (from the dominant culture) isn't referred to by their background .