The Way to Write the Other is Not To Make the Other Into You
There’s a long tradition in Western literature of exoticizing other cultures, particularly the East and the Global South. And recently, there’s been a major effort to undo all that–to de-exoticize the way we depict other cultures. And that’s a a step in the right direction, for sure. Stereotyping and dehumanizing people from other cultures is bad. However, many writers, especially in genre fiction, seem to think that the way to fix exoticism is to homogenize every culture from every part of the world and every time period. We are joined by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez.


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About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes and more.

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