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POC Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine LIGHTSPEED, 100% written—and edited—by POC creators.
POC Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine LIGHTSPEED, 100% written—and edited—by POC creators.
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    1. Tasha Turner
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      The way assimilation in the USA is so difficult in how it affects generations mentally, emotionally, culturally.

      Such a good question you ask "But on the other hand . . . if we don’t put ourselves in stories, who will?"

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and struggle with us.

    2. Saodhar
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      Hm. So this is how "cultural assimilation" works mostly? Scary.

    3. Cecilia Tan on

      THIS. THIS THIS THIS. My father came to the US after medical school, married my mother, a white American, and raised me and my brother in the New Jersey suburbs...basically as white. We saw it "as normal" but it wasn't until college I realized that "as normal" and "as white" mean the same thing in the United States. If anything when I first began writing fiction I felt I didn't have a right to write Chinese characters because THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATING A CULTURE I DON'T HAVE, same as a white writer doing it. I later developed a more advanced take on that -- it took until I was in my late-20s to realize that as white as I felt, as "not Chinese" as I was, I actually was NOT the same as all my white friends and that I actually DID have a different experience from them when we went to Chinatown, saw a kung fu movie, etc. It literally took me until I was almost 30 to realize that or to feel it, appreciate it. Now I'm almost 50 and I'm still learning it. The emptiness I felt, the cultural void I felt was left, was I yearning for something that was an illusion to begin with? I don't know--there's no simple answer. But thank you for this essay. Thank you, thank you.