On baby steps towards writing a blasian novel
Warning: Long-winded post about nothing much.
I wanted to share some thoughts about the blasian novel I intend to write in November. Don't worry. I won't be boring you with this prattle much longer. ;)
Ahem. When I do write, I type what I know or what I've learned through exhaustive study and now I find myself in a strange position. It's been said that Black women and Asian men have a lot in common. In my personal experiences with 6-9 Asian men (I said six last time because I hadn't included the triangles and the swimmer), this commonality rarely extended beyond hormones, pheromones and chemistry. Perhaps due to age (at the time) or a desire for more experience, nothing deep or meaningful came of any of them. Affairs were just that -- affairs. Fun, short, sweet, and sometimes satisfying. Race never came up. Culture seldom did.
This past presents two potential problems and one CHOICE for the novel.
Since I never viewed my various entanglements as strange or unusual, I was pretty much oblivious to public opinion. Most of the relationships ended just because I was nomadic. This is problematic because I perceived the relationships as NORMAL; thus, it's unlikely I can write a Black woman/Asian man's struggle in the context in which we've been discussing here. Diversity is good though, right?
Another problem stems from perception. Due to the nature of my lifestyle, I'm incapable of looking at this society through the eyes of a gaijin (foreigner). No matter what, I'm an insider now. While this will make it easier to avoid stereotypes, it also means I probably can't judge what needs to be explained in the cultural sense or to what extent and still avoid stereotypes.
I've already decided on male role model for this tale. The problem is the actress and I need some help with her. I need a black actress born between 1984 and 1988. And when I say black actress, I mean one who doesn't have a Caucasian parent or doesn't appear to have one. Four of my sisters are adamant that I give a dark-skinned young sister a fighting chance (regardless of her ethnic make-up) even if it's just on a cover of a fake book.
Earlier, I was over at the Mahogany Cafe and noticed that there are very few black actresses in this age range. So far, only Dana Davis comes to mind and she isn't any listed at MC. I don't watch enough television to know anyone else.
There's nothing wrong with Dana at all. She was also my first choice. The guy's about 5'11. She's in the 5'1 range. That's quite a height difference. In this way though the Japanese guy wouldn't appear short, would he? ;)