|Stacy and me at LTUE|
- Who gets to write what?
- Who actually reads multicultural books?
Liar, Justine Larbalestier
Magic Under Glass
- CCB Children's Book Council
- Alvina Ling, Little Brown
- Diversity committee
- This American Life (radio show)
Different types of multicultural writer's:
- Invador—Arrive without warning. Take what ever they want. destroy. Stay.
- Tourist: Nusance, pay way, can be accommodated. May be intelligent but ignorant, but can learn.
- Guest—relationships can become long term and reciprocal.
- Native—Someone who is part of that culture
The Dear America Series: My Heart is on the Ground
The Wizard of Earthsea, "Whitewashing"
Questions to ask yourself as you're writing:
Deep culture—family interaction
Whom are people loyal to? individualists or collectivists?
Who are people responsible for?
Who gets respects? (chief status? scribe status? Being vs. doing? Best player at sports? or age that gives you status?
How do we ensure fairness?
Converstation vs. emotions? emotions nuetral or expressive?
Who is in control? Outer vs. inner? You, fate, God?
What time is it? Time is absolute verses flexible
Guilt vs. shame?
Men and women (separate or similar?)
Am I in your space? (work, personal life, space)
Shall we look forward or back?
I had a wonderful sushi lunch with Stacy and other writers, and she is considering one of my novels. I decided after talking with her and listening to her presentation that rather than setting my novel in a real historical place in Africa, I would simply base it on a certain culture and time period and make it an imaginary place. If you've written a YA or MG multicultural fantasy novel, Stacy would be a great editor to send it to.