Reblog: How to Build Diversity Into Your Reading

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Right now, a lot of us are pledging to consciously build in more reads from black authors, as well as books covering all genders, races, religions, disabilities, etc. (which is great!). But, how do we keep up the momentum… forever? (because this is not and can’t just be a trend that comes and goes).

A common myth

Firstly, I wanted to mention something I’ve heard both on Bookstagram and in my personal life, a lot: ‘I just read what I enjoy, I don’t need to consciously look for certain books’.

There are a few reasons why this is wrong:

  1. Books by black authors (for example) or authors from minority groups, are often not widely advertised; it isn’t hard to realise that publishing isn’t really built to support marginalized authors– think about the big names in nearly every genre- I know that for YA fiction, the large majority…

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Reblog: It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad

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I stumbled upon It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way while researching children’s books that celebrates racial and ethnic diversity. We currently live in what some may call “unprecedented” or “difficult” times, under immense pressure to keep ourselves safe from a pandemic as well as to educate ourselves on how to end recurring discrimination and injustice against Black lives. Yet what is not easy does not mean it cannot be done. Inspired by social media, I decided to think of this unique situation as an opportunity to reevaluate our children’s book collection and invest in books that helps our family discuss about diversity and equality.

Raised as a third-culture kid and now a parent of a Mexican-Japanese child, the topic of racial and ethnic tolerance has a special place in my heart. I have experienced various degrees of discrimination all my life, for looking different and…

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Reblog: I Won’t Fight Over A Hashtag…

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An Inviting Piece of the Pie

“You can scream all you want, butyoumusthold my hand.”

Ilooked attentively at my daughter in the hopes my words meant something?My two-year-old stared straight through my eyes into the window of my frustrated soul and proceeded to let out a primal scream,the intensityof which,I wasn’t quite prepared for.

Y’see, I didn’t want my daughter to put herself in any adverse danger, so followed my paternal instincts, in an attempt to offer some form of protection to my darling, adrenaline fuelled, toddler. As my attempt at verbal communication had no relevance, I leaned into silence and let my tenderly firm grip of her hand reinforce my position.

Weeventuallymade ithomeandas Iopened the door,Iwas greeted bythe brokentone of my wifewho said“Haveyou watched the video of George Floyd?”Afteronly a few secondsofviewingthe footage, I instinctively recoiled andsaid“I don’t need to see anymore” and I still can’t bring myself to watchtheentirety ofthevideo…

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Reblog: The Importance and Challenges of Representation

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A few years ago, I was in a class devoted to dissecting media. This was around the time that the Black Panther movie and Love, Simon were coming to theaters. My professor posed the question of whether it was justifiable that white and straight people felt excluded in the face of these movies, just as men felt excluded by Wonder Woman a few years earlier. The short answer I thought of: No. The longer answer: In a society still so starved for minority representation in our media, everyone should arguably be excited about these movies coming out. In fact, most people in the room that day and the bulk of my friends who didn’t fit into the categories of black, queer, or woman were excited about these movies for precisely that reason.

I know we hear it all the time, but I’ll say it again: representation is so incredibly important

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