I don’t know if what I’m about to rattle on about actually does involve cognitive dissonance, because I think the “contradictions” I have in mind may not be contradictory in a true sense.
I’ve been actively, genuinely participating in the ongoing diversity dialogue for the first time, and this…
I have so many thoughts and feelings about this post and this issue, far too many to include now as I hastily reblog, but I’m going to give it a shot.
Mike beautifully articulates all the things I’ve felt as I’ve read the criticism of E&P, which I love (present tense, yes, I still love it). I never had a problem with the depiction of Asian identity in the novel, and I read the book three times. But as I read more and more criticism from Asian-Americans pointing out passages that offended them, it became clear that my dual identity as an Asian-American AND a transracial Korean adoptee meant that I just didn’t have the same “ouch” moments that others had. But this also means that when I read those critiques I began to feel bad about my lack of recognition as well as my continued love for this book that “should” offend me. I felt, basically, like a “bad” Asian.
I guess what I’m getting at is that we all have breaking points. They are as diverse as we are. What this conversation (and the overall conversation about diversity in YA) has shown me is that we need to respect a range of experiences and opinions without silencing those that differ. Just because you can begin a sentence, “in my experience” doesn’t make it truth for all. Making oneself an “authority” on any topic can often silence a potentially rich conversation.
Mike says this and more in a much better way:
“But if I’m going to keep my commitment to being a part of that effort (and I intend to), I’ll have to contain a seemingly endless supply of contradictory feelings inside my harried brain. That includes respecting the intent of authors who confront matters of diversity in their work, but honestly addressing their shortcomings, if only in the recesses of my mind; supporting dissent, critical analysis, and necessary confrontation by people who are my allies, but also safeguarding and expressing my own feelings and opinions that might differ from theirs; honoring and valuing my own life experiences, creative intentions, and finished work, but accepting the reality that I will learn things that force me to examine my own biases and blind spots; and on and on and on.”
It’s a process, complex and never ending, but absolutely worth it.
GUYS, ELEANOR & PARK IS GONNA BE A MOVIE.
AND RAINBOW ROWELL IS WRITING THE SCREENPLAY.
GUYS THIS IS ALL CAPS NEWS GUYS.
Please please please please please…
All I ask is for Park to actually be played by someone 1/2 Korean and for Eleanor to actually be heavy (and not Hollywood “chubby”).
Rainbow Rowell being on board as screenwriter is a good sign, but I’ll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed until there’s a trailer and release date!
Yes, it’s official Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftax’s Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are returning to TV to make fun of some of the National Geopgraphic channel’s programming in Total Riff-Off. And we’re proud to debut this first-ever clip!
Looks like these will be like the educational shorts that they’ve done, except a lot longer. I can’t wait!
I don’t know how these ended up as the auto-fill words to follow “librarians are” but I think I’m okay with all of these. I don’t know how we can be moral agents and subversive, but I guess that’s where the “hiding something” part comes in.
Found this gem in the MX (train newspaper in Melbourne)
Never thought of using spoilers as a classroom management tool. The possibilities…
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a science fiction show with a tendency to include historical authors, must be in want of a Jane Austen episode.
Okay, I may have teared up a little reading this headline.
Seriously though, this could all be one big bluff to keep fans guessing, but Clara’s personality would work well with Jane (that is, if Gatiss writes her well) and Capaldi’s Doctor… Who knows? I certainly would love to see how Jane’s dry and sometimes acid wit plays off of the Doctor’s eccentricities.
Ooh! I would love to see the Doctor and Clara meet Jane when she was a young woman living in Steventon and just beginning to write her juvenilia. Boys boarded at the house as students of her father’s, so perhaps some mystery could originate with one of them? Or maybe something to do with her brother Edward around the time that he was adopted by the Knights.
Gosh, I just may have convinced myself to write fanfic.
Nine years of Doctor Who: Rose (26.03.2005)
Getting my celebration in a half hour before it’s over…
Happy (Other) Doctor Who Day!