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my favorite thing about the recent spate of communist-themed malayalam films is the inevitable non-malayali sanghi who shows up in the comments to say some dumb shit and then gets cursed out by malayalis of all faiths. these films are so clearly a reaction against what is happening in the rest of india that they are bound to draw the bigots but <3 <3 <3 for a secular kerala, communist-ruled or not.

YOUR GUIDE TO: 

Writing non-stereotypical, realistic character biographies for South Asian characters. I’ll be focusing on Indians, since that’s what I’m most familiar with, but I’ll touch on other South Asian peoples as well. 

WHY YOU NEED THIS GUIDE: 

I rarely see South Asian characters, and too often they are flat and stereotypical. They all speak Hindi, they’re all scientists and IT guys, and I see the same faceclaims used over and over representing a part of India they actually aren’t from.

WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED: 

I’m Indian. I lived there until I was nine years old, and I’m fluent in two different Indian languages, which also happen to be the two most commonly spoken languages in the country. I’m well traveled there as well: I’ve been from the Southern most tip to the Northwest and Northeast as well. 

WHAT YOU WILL FIND UNDER THE CUT: 

Tips on naming the characters, on fleshing out their backstories, an overview of major historical events, stereotypes to avoid at all costs, and a list of faceclaims that I’d like to see more of in the roleplay world. 

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