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I just wanted to drop a line from Singapore and say that there’s loads of speculative fiction here, being written and published in the English language here. (Not all of it is written by us - that last book, The Promise Bird, is a translation of a fantasy epic written by Zhang Yueran from China, but she set it in medieval Southeast Asia during the age of Chinese maritime exploration.)
Naturally, almost all of these books feature POC protagonists, because, um, we’re in Asia.
I’d like to say “all”, but there have sadly been Singapore authors who’ve aimed to get a more “international” readership”by writing fantasy novels starring white kids.
This drives me nuts, ‘cos we’re inundated with loads of white-centric UK, American and Australian lit already. But please don’t send my friend Shamini hate mail - I really do like The Seeds of Time, and pretty much all of her other stuff (for adults and kids) is centred on Asian characters in a big way.
Filed under: my reading year 2014