Diversity in International Fiction

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I got a really long (seven parts) ask from a university student in an undisclosed location, but one in which there is apparently very little racial diversity. I’m not going to post the whole thing here, but suffice it to say, they were very concerned about the diversity in fiction movement as it relates to countries where there is no racial diversity.

Once again, I must clarify that I’m under qualified to speak on behalf of this movement as it applies to countries less diverse than America. However, I do want to point out that diversity isn’t just about race. Diversity includes gender, sexual and romantic orientation, physical and neurological disabilities, mental illness, culture, religion, and socioeconomic background. Even if you live in and are setting your story in a place where everyone is the same race, there are still all of these other ways you can bring diversity into your cast. The diversity in fiction movement isn’t just about having a racially diverse cast. That’s the part of the movement you hear about most commonly because it does matter in places like America, Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. However, like I said, no one is asking anyone to include a racially diverse cast of characters if it doesn’t make sense for where your story is set. All anyone is asking is that writers who can be more inclusive of different races should be. All of us should be making an effort to be more diverse in other ways.

I hope that makes sense. 🙂

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