Anonymous said: How would one write an assimilated character (i.e; someone who is heavily into American culture) without the reader assuming that they’re white?
You just make sure to note early on that they’re not White, then go about your business. And remember that even if their culture is mostly the mainstream Western culture(s) around them, there may still be aspects of their family’s culture that have an influence of their perspectives and home life. On the note, is the character’s family as assimilated as they are? Do family member(s) engage in certain non-western holidays, speak a second language, decorate with some of their familial culture’s art, listen to their music, eat their foods?
I can say growing up, my home life with my father (Nigerian) was pretty Western Neutral to the Midwest suburban life. Aside from AAVE, I don’t speak a second language; my dad did, and i’d sometimes overheard him speaking with family on the phone, but otherwise even he didn’t speak it much as he’d moved when he was pretty young and was used to speaking English.
We didn’t engage in any special holidays or practices outside of the “American” ones (Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc) but my dad sometimes cooked Nigerian dishes, maybe 2-5 times every few months, so not very often.
I also have some trinkets, like coin purses and dresses sent to me from family in Nigeria from when I was a child. We also had several Nigerian statues as decor in the living room.
All the above is just one example of how non-western culture might play (or not play) a role with a character who is more involved the dominant culture lifestyle.
Also, the character still might have a surname related to their heritage though if the family is more westernized, I can imagine their first name would be more western too. (I happen to have a “Western” first name and Nigerian middle and last name)
Point being; there might be little cultural aspects that still affect the character or their family, even if they’re not wholly engaged in them or they aren’t actually relevant to the plot.
The description tag includes several tips on ways to express that a character isn’t White so take a look there. Here are some posts that may be helpful.
so bottom line yesterday i got a few nasty asks about how laurel and felicity can’t be friends, which prompted me to not only post my favorite laurel and felicity stuff i’ve written but also to write this. spoilers for the newly released pictures of the new lair. also: every song on birdy’s album fire within is a laulicity song and i will fight you on this.
slight spoilers for arrow season 4
Rating: T/PG-13 | Words: 4,445 | Pairing: Laurel Lance & Felicity Smoak, background Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak | In-Canon for now but could become Canon Divergence
Soft drink bottles are thinner. Maybe taller too. I can’t tell.
Licence plates are yellow and way more legible.
Everyone knows that steering wheels are on the left and cats drive on the left.
People tend to dress fancier.
Coins are actually a thing (and I Fucking hate it).
Elevators (excuse me–lifts) talk to you like you’re a Fucking retard.
The bottom floor is 0. What the fuck is that? The zeroth fucking floor? Gimme an existential crisis, why don’t you.
Public transportation. Which is convenient I guess. But honestly I loathe it. Fucking trains are human sardine cans that look old as shit and basically seem like they could just fly into a wall at any moment. I don’t know why Londoners make a big deal out of bombings. Seems like the trains are dangerous enough on their own to me.
Posh and semi-posh British fucks are deciferable. Working class Londoners are fucking jibberish. Take the dog shit out of your mouth.
KING JEAN~ Ehehehehehe *big grin of happiness* Here's King Jean~~and his walkthrough for Shall We Date? The Niflheim+
I ADORE KING JEAN
And it has absolutely nothing to do with his looks whatsoever
I let out a shriek of epic proportions when I opened Niflheim and saw ‘Early release! King Jean *didn’t see anything past this coz too happy*’ And I told my sister, 'Screw Orlando for now. I must follow my heart’. And follow my heart I did.
Playing through his entire storyline in one night beggared me for another month..but the smile never left my face, even when I was screaming minor abuse at Leo for being hard-headed. Jean is so..honest and childlike with his speech and intentions, yet still a guy. And how he blushes! The CGs~ *faints dead away from cuteness overload*
And, whenever I love a character, I’ll post about him. So like with Natsume, without further ado, I present an almost complete walkthrough of King Jean!
The perfect “little black dress.” Although it has a different vibe to Holly Golightly’s dress that coined the “little black dress” phrase, this dress is signature to the 1950s with the circle silhouette and the accent at the natural waist. I would pair this dress with a cropped leather jacket (obviously) and a bright red, suede pump. A pop of color for any outfit, from a night out to a Sunday brunch, adds vivacity to a look.