Hi! I have a question about avoiding stereotypes. I have an east asian male character who has anxiety and has a more timid and gentle personality. Is this too stereotypical if it's just his natural personality? He also stands up for himself and his loved ones and isn't just shy all the time. Part of his character arch is about him overcoming anxieties the effects of emotional abuse. Should I change his personality or is there a way I can still have him be like that but not be too stereotypical?
Timid Gentle East Asian Male Character
I think this is fine the way it is. Sadly, emotional abuse CAN be a thing in Asian families, and some of the cultural mores have actually contributed to how I react to certain situations.
I feel like this question also falls into the trap of “you can’t write an Asian being an Asian archetype because that’d be a stereotype” (ex: casting in Iron Fist).
Timid, gentle East Asian people do exist. The issue is whether or not you can write them as a realized human being instead of just relying on those characteristics because those are supposedly “Asian” things. Think of how else you can round out the character, and it’ll be fine.