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Representation & Appropriation in Publishing

— Last checked and updated April 22, 2022, by Robyn Dubinsky, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student.

The Basics

  • Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri. “The Cultural Appropriation Debate Is over. It’s Time for Action.” The Globe and Mail, May 19, 2017. Read Article
  • Elliott, Alicia. “On Seeing and Being Seen: The Difference Between Writing With Empathy and Writing With Love.” Room Magazine.  Read Article
  • Johnson, Maisha Z. “What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm.” everyday feminism, Jun. 14, 2015. Read Article
  • McArdle, Molly. “‘You Will Be Tokenized’: Speaking Out About the State of Diversity in Publishing.” Brooklyn Magazine, Feb. 24, 2016. Read Article

A Deeper Dive

  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. “The Danger of a Single Story.” YouTube, uploaded by TED, Oct. 7, 2009. Watch Video
  • Chau Bradley, Helen. “Words of (Dis)Comfort: On the Luxuries and Limitations of Reading While White.” Carte Blanche, Mar. 7, 2019. Read Article
  • Crenshaw, Kimberlé. “The Urgency of Intersectionality.” YouTube, uploaded by TED, Dec. 7, 2016. Watch Video
  • The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation. Edited by James O. Young, Conrad G. Brunk. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Read Partial Copy | Find in a Library
  • Gonsalez, Marcos Santiago. “When ‘Good Writing’ Means ‘White Writing’.” Electric Literature, Nov. 1, 2017. Read Article
  • Jemisin, Nora K. “Don’t Put My Book in the African American Section.” N. K. Jemisin, May 26, 2010. Read Article
  • Leduc, Amanda. “When All Your Faves Are Problematic.” Open Book, Feb. 26, 2019. Read Article
  • McGrath, Laura B. “Comping White.” Los Angeles Review of Books, Jan. 21, 2019. Read Article
  • Minosh Pyle, Kai. “CanLit, AmLit—NishLit? Rematriating Indigenous Literature Beyond Borders.” Carte Blanche, Feb. 7, 2019. Read Article
  • Muhammad-Ali, Khaalidah. “More Than Numbers.” Fireside Magazine, Aug. 10, 2018. Read Article
  • Ng, Celeste. “Why I Don’t Want to Be the Next Amy Tan.” HuffPost, Mar. 18, 2010. Read Article
  • Nunnally, Mya. “7 Casually Racist Things That White Authors Do.” BOOK RIOT, Feb. 3, 2018. Read Article 
  • Shraya, Vivek. “How Did the Suffering of Marginalized Artists Become So Marketable?” NOW, May 1, 2019. Read Article
  • Statement from the TWUC Equity Task Force in Response to WRITE MAGAZINE editorial “Winning the Appropriation Prize.” Writers Union, May 15, 2017. Read Statement 
    • Schilling, Vincent. “Write What You Don’t Know: Write Magazine Editor Resigns after Cultural Article.” Indian Country Today, May 10, 2017. Read Article Contains copy of original editorial.
  • Thom, Kai Cheng. “They Call Me Literary Fascism: Reflections of a Sensitivity Reader.” All Lit Up, Mar. 1, 2019. Read Article
  • Whittaker, Alison. “White critics don’t know how to deal with the golden age of Indigenous stories.” The Guardian, Mar. 15, 2019. Read Article
  • Writing the Other: Resources and classes to be more inclusive in writing.  Visit Site
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