Science Fiction and White Privilege

Very thought-provoking essay by Michael Le, a self-admitted Asian American fan of Joss Whedon.  His point, that it’s rather ludicrous to have a science fiction setting that is supposed be half-Asian yet have virtually no Asian characters whatsoever, could apply in several other contexts as well: why is it that nearly all the Earth people (and certainly all the main characters) on Star Trek are from America or Western Europe?  Why is it that nearly all future societies or alien planets look like America or Western Europe (TNG “Code of Honor” being a cringe-worthy exception)?  Why is Johnny Depp playing Tonto (the Lone Ranger was a comic strip and a comic book so this isn’t too huge a stretch to include)?

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One Response to “Science Fiction and White Privilege”

  1. Dona Hollimon Says:

    There is a great deal of misunderstanding about what that particular branch of literature called “Science Fiction” actually consists of. Is it space-ships and monsters? Time machines? Galactic empires? Well, its all of those things, and often none of them.Science Fiction, broadly speaking, is story-telling that deals with the impact of organized knowledge on human beings. Usually, this means technology, and the way it changes us.,

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