For too long, the narrow representations of South Asians have distorted society, but fortunately, South Asian writers are now cultural by creating true representative characters in their novels. Filling the gap.
An example of a narrow expression is the Indian-American character Ravi from a children’s show. Jesse, Trapped in a box of nasty geeks and scientific talent because of his ethnicity.Nevertheless Jesse It’s a great show for fun and laughter, but it still stands out as a show that doesn’t deviate from the traditional Asian archetype.
As a South Asian, I personally also experienced stereotyped misunderstandings. Neither is qualified as an official language, but I am asked if I speak Hindu or “Indian”. Moreover, Model minority myth Misplace people like me into groups that are guaranteed to be academically and financially successful.
Lack of proper expression and understanding plagues real life, but fortunately, South Asian writers are actively adding nuances to fictitious life to counter these stereotypes.
Uzuma Jalardin, an award-winning Canadian writer Finally AishaMany books and movies state that “a character has only one color, and they are a representation of that type of person, which puts a lot of strain on that person’s representation.” Jalardin countered this problem by creating an all-brown character, showing that “someone becomes a stupid companion, or love interest, or parent,” and “a single type of Indian exists. A single type of Muslim who does not or does not exist. ”As a result, Jalaluddin read a book about Muslims before“ seeing a woman wearing a hijab and not feeling sick immediately ”. Allowed readers without.
New York Times Best-selling author Nalini Singh Characters from South Asian culture appear in her book Quiet in her bones When Rebel Hard.. “We are motivated to write stories that reflect our multicolored, multicultural world,” she said. “Using human culture as a character makes it easy to create characterization shortcuts,” Singh adds. Therefore, she brings nuances to the character to avoid this.
Fortunately, these spectacular developments are not limited to the realm of adult and young adult books.Children’s writer and Pakistani American Henna Khan Her book also explores cultural expression. Amina’s voice A series that revolves around the story of a Pakistani-American girl. “Amina’s family [hers] In many ways and [she] I didn’t have a chance to see [herself] Or people like [her] “Relatives in the book,” says Kahn. She wants to “fill this gap in children’s literature” by showing that “Amina, Zyed, and Jamira are not as different as people think.”
As these authors show, reading literature written by South Asian authors helps people gain insights into others who are “different” from them, and ultimately far beyond the page. Erases narrow expressions while amplifying important messages beyond.
About the author: Akshaya Annampedu is an International Baccalaureate student at Plano East Senior High. She is passionate about services, music and writing, especially the pressing topics of society.