Thursday 08th December 2016,

Bad Ass Asians

Author Grace Lin Battles Herself & Her Publisher about Being Multicultural

posted by Randall

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Photo by Alexandre Ferron

To be Asian American or not to be Asian America?
 
It sounds like a silly question, but it really isn’t for many Asian Americans traversing the mine field known as a career path.
 
Do we advocate for diversity or do we try to blend in with everyone else?
 
Do we speak up against microaggressions or do we ignore them?
 
Do we offer an Asian American perspective that might help our company reach a demographic they may be overlooking or do we stay silent?
Grace Lin

Grace Lin
Photo by Alexandre Ferron


 
Those were the type of questions tormenting the soul of Newbery Honor-nominated children’s author and illustrator Grace Lin. The Taiwanese American author once questioned her own writing when someone suggested she was only being published because her books were quote unquote “multicultural” and multicultural is hot.
 
The Ugly Vegetables

Photo by Alexandre Ferron

That made Lin question her own skills.
 
You can hear her confront those demons in the commentary below she wrote for New England Public Radio/
 

 
Have you faced similar issues in your career? Share your thoughts with us in our comment section below.
 
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