Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – Charvi, Book Blogger at Not Just Fiction, On Authors of Colour Inserting Different Languages in Their Books

Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition. A discussion with Charvi, book blogger at not just fiction, on authors of colour inserting different languages in their books. an illustration of xiaolong the axolotl, holding her arms out wide like she is showing off something, with charvi as a squirrel wearing glasses and hoop earrings.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

As highlighted across the anecdotes and stories shared during our Asian Heritage Month guest feature series, representation can be validating, bring immeasurable joy, and even life-changing. The ways that readers can see themselves can vary – it can be as simple as the inclusion of characters from marginalised identities or it can be something a little more complex and nuanced like portraying experiences that are often unique to such identities.
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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – Ikram, Book Blogger at Readlogy, On Her Experiences of Being a South-East Asian Reader

Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month edition. a discussion with Ikram, book blogger at readlogy, experiences of being a south-east asian reader. illustration is of xiaolong the axolotl, with her arms out wide as if she is showing off something, with ikram as a cendrawasih bird (a yellow and orange bird with long feathers) wearing a blue hijab.

Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

Something that I have reflected on a lot in the last few years has been the differential privileges of being a bookish content creator living in either the US, UK, or Australia and those who live outside these countries. In the last few years, book bloggers who live outside the US, UK, and Australia – which I’ll henceforth collectively call ‘international book bloggers’ – have been outspoken about the obstacles and challenges that they face.
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Our Friend is Here! Asian Heritage Month Edition – May Cho, Malaysian Brunei-Based Booktuber, On Why Representation Matters to Her

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Our Friend is Hereis a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.

Asian Heritage Month Edition is a month-long event at The Quiet Pond, where Asian authors and bookish content creators are invited to celebrate being Asian, Asian books, and the experiences of being an Asian reader. (Note: Here is an explanation of why we are calling this guest series ‘Asian Heritage Month’.)

One of the understated effects of representation that most marginalised readers will know is that seeing yourself on the page can create an unexpected domino effect: when you finally find a book that’s a mirror into your identity and your experiences, it creates an insatiable hunger to find even more mirrors. Several of the guests in our Asian Heritage Month guest feature series have spoken about what it means to reflect on the lack of Asian characters in literature — but what if the idea of having an Asian character never even crossed your mind? Read More »