Jun. 6th, 2012

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Jun. 6th, 2012 11:23 am
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How to Write Science Fiction on a Post-Colonial World over at SFSignal.

Having read all the responses, I was really taken by Jaymee Goh's response, particularly this bit:

But this question doesn’t always come from that frame; it usually comes from the frame of a historically dominant and oppressive group asking permission to do what it has always done to colonized groups: re-interpret the colonized’s experiences through the lens of the more powerful and privileged. So unless otherwise specified, I’m assuming this question refers to Western writers writing about non-Western cultures...

Why would a Westerner, with so much historically-granted permission and leeway, ask such a question? Why does no one ask, what kind of obstacles do writers from postcolonial groups face?

I can't help but agree wholeheartedly with Goh's entire response. I think it's really worth the time of everyone to read and think very carefully about.

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