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Video of the Maya creation story, courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

October 18 | 7:17 | 133♥ | clevergirlhelps | nikoznate
Anonymous:Hi! Advice for a weird situation? My main cast consists of black characters (ranging from very dark to white-passing) and a korean character, who've all grown up in a facility that cut them off from their cultures, but when they escape I wanted a chance for them to see what they've missed out on and learn about their cultures? (They're also all queer and have the same experience in that aspect.) I was wondering if you had tips on doing this respectfully?



On “Culturing” Culturally-disengaged PoC

Do they aim to learn about their cultures or just stumble upon aspects of it unintentionally? Because this makes me think of shows where there’s a character who is basically alien to a culture and begins to pick up on things (usually a bit comically) by seeing others communicate, and watching movies or television.

If you wish them to specifically aim to become more knowledgeable on the cultures that pertain to their race, meeting characters of color of said race and culture might help. If they ever get a chance to reunite with their family, that might be one way too, depending on how much “Black/Korean culture” the family engages in vs. the dominant culture.

And while I do think it can be a good thing, you might also want to ask yourself why you want them to learn about their cultures in the first place. Is it so they’re not coming across as “whitewashed?”

I think Stella has some great things to say about that in On “Whitewashing” a Korean character.

The thing that often makes the alien meets human world/new culture set-up comical is when the alien character starts to mimic the human culture and mannerisms to the point where it’s laughable. If you don’t want that, I’d avoid having them totally “transform.”

They may surely be influenced by what they learn, but I’d meld it in slowly. So a Black character who never heard AAVE before isn’t gonna be breaking out in it in full for spending one day with Black people who speak it (and it’d probably end up poorly executed and heavy-handed if they tried) though you might see it start to have a gradual affect on their speech, a word or sentence here and there, though I’d still find it unusual if they completely submerged into it in a short period of time.

Whatever facility they were in had a certain culture too, one that is a part of them first and foremost, so for that to completely disappear might be odd.

~Mod Colette

Yes, yes! Totally seconding everything Colette has said.

Also, you don’t mention where your facility is set, but if it’s set in America, you also have to keep in mind that the experiences of POC who are immigrants/second-generation are very different from those whose families have been here longer. 

You specifically state Korean as the ethnic identity of one of your characters — how do they know they’re Korean? And if they know they’re Korean (as opposed to generally “Asian”), it’s possible that your Black characters will know if they’re West African or Caribbean or Afrolatinx. Or maybe they only know that their ancestors were from Africa because their ancestors were forcibly brought to America in the 1700’s. 

I think part of being respectful is recognizing that there are already a lot of Black and (Korean!) people who are trying to reconnect with their culture, while still being immersed in the country of their birth. Their experiences may help you flesh out your characters~ I know many Korean Americans who try to reconnect with Korean culture sometimes feel like they’re ‘faking’ it for a long time, and that’s a difficult and painful process for some. Others find more acceptance in the Korean community than they find in white communities, due to racism, but still have trouble because they realize they don’t know all the small social rules that many Koreans grew up with. 

Like Colette said, even if this an American facility that was run by only white people, these characters would still have access to the culture within the facility, which means they are not completely culture-less. They are not less Black or Korean because they’ve been denied access to a larger community of Black or Korean people. 

Really, it seems like they’ve missed out more on being free individuals than anything else. A person of Korean descent does not *have* to have exposure to Korean culture (or speak Korean or like Korean food) to be Korean. They are not less of a whole person. So while I see your intent here, I caution you to be careful of implying that a POC is “missing out” if they aren’t participants in their ethnic culture. A lot of us suffer from being policed by people inside AND outside of our races to be Exactly Ethnic Enough to fit in, and that’s not something I think should be perpetuated. 

However, race is really visible in America, and characters that engage or struggle with race and culture can be really powerful for readers. In my opinion, the most respectful thing you can do is continue considering your characters as whole people and keep rounding them out~ 

Good luck, Anon! Fair winds and awesome writing to you~

~Mod Stella

October 18 | 7:14 | 71♥ | writingwithcolor

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European Small-Sword

  • Dated: circa 1790-1800
  • Place of Origin: Switzerland, Geneva (blade: Germany, Solingen, early 18th)
  • Medium: hilt: gold with blue translucent enamel; blade: etched, blued and gilded steel
  • Measurements: Overall length 97.00 cm (38 3/16 inches); weight 0.43 kg; blade length 81.00 cm (31 7/8 inches); hilt length 16.50 cm (6 7/16 inches)

This example shows the small-sword at its latest and most refined stage of development. Though highly reflective of French taste, it was probably fashioned in a Swiss workshop under French influence or by a French craftsman working in Switzerland. Worn publicly as an emblem of social rank, this sword was likely custom-made for an affluent individual to use on formal or court occasions.

So-called because of its short blade, the small-sword emerged as the light and quick weapon of choice for aristocratic civilians during the 1700s. Such a sword was traditionally suspended at about mid-thigh from the left side of a belt, the hilt exposed through the opening of the gentleman’s coat.

Highly visible, the hilt invited lavish decoration through precious materials such as gold and enamels, as seen here. Considered a type of masculine jewelry at that time, small-swords featured a variety of hilt styles that went in and out of fashion. Many were decorated to match personal costume, and jewelers worked on the finest small-swords of the day.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Cleveland Museum of Art

October 18 | 7:10 | 766♥ | art-of-swords


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Small Sword

  • Dated: 1670 - 1787
  • Culture: European
  • Measurments: 100.25 cm
  • Provenance: made by Bland, from whom it was acquired

Small sword with burnished steel hilt, vase-shaped pommel, chiselled with pierced scalework and trefoil. Barrel-shaped wooden grip bound with steel wire/foil/silk cord. Straight two-edged blade lenticular section later modified to ‘flaming blade’s used until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and was kept in Dublin until that date. It was added to the regalia in the Jewel House in 1959.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

October 17 | 9:00 | 890♥ | art-of-swords



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7 Types of Narrative Conflict


Every work of literature, and much nonfiction narrative, is based on at least one of the following conflicts. When you write a story or a biography, or relate a true event or series of events, you need not focus on such themes, but you’re wise to identify the conflicts inherent in your composition and apply them as you write.

1. Person vs. Fate/God
This category could be considered part of conflict with self or with society - a conflict with fate/God (Oedipus Rex) is part of an internal struggle, while a conflict with religion is a conflict with society.

2. Person vs. Self
A person’s struggle with his or her own prejudices or doubts or character flaws constitutes this type of conflict (Hamlet).

3. Person vs. Person
Any story featuring a hero and a villain or villains (The Count of Monte Cristo) represents this type of conflict.

4. Person vs. Society
When the protagonist’s conflict extends to confronting institutions, traditions, or laws of his or her culture, he or she struggles to overcome them, either triumphing over a corrupt society, rejecting it (Fahrenheit 451), or succumbing to it (1984).

5. Person vs. Nature
In this conflict, the protagonist is pitted against nature (Robinson Crusoe) or a representation of it, often in the form of an animal (Moby Dick).

6. Person vs. Supernatural
Superficially, conflict with the supernatural may seem equivalent to conflict with fate or God, or representative of a struggle with an evocation of self (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) or nature (The Birds). But this category stands on its own feet as well.

7. Person vs. Technology
Humanity’s innate skepticism about the wonders of technology has resulted in many stories in which antagonists use technology to gain power or in which technology takes over or becomes a malign influence on society (Brave New World).