“I really really hope that for the 2019 Miraculous live action film, they get someone who’s half-Chinese because I really don’t want the filmmakers erasing Marinette’s Chinese side and getting a fully white actress with dark hair and blue eyes to play her. What I love about Miraculous Ladybug is the diversity among the cast and I’m going to be pissed if they whitewash part of her identity.”
Soo indicates she’s also aware of leading by example in her role as an Asian American performer. “I definitely have been approached and reached out to by a lot of young Asian American and Asian women, which has been really cool for me,” Soo says. “It wasn’t until ‘Hamilton’ that I began to be considered an actor of color, and I really don’t know what to make of it. I feel like I had a very culturally and racially diverse life, being half Chinese and half white, so it was interesting that all of a sudden at this moment in time, people became aware of it in a different way. I definitely feel as a theater artist that the more we can push for diversity, the better.”
the girl from everywhere by heidi heilig (half-chinese mc but takes place in hawaii)
starbound trilogy by amie kaufman and meagan spooner (the second book is centered on a half black-half chinese character)
the lynburn legacy by sarah rees brennan (part japanese mc who is pretty in touch with her culture bc she was partially raised by her japanese grandmother)
the walled city by ryan graudin
to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han
lair of dreams by libba bray
under the lights by dahlia adler*
vicarious by paula stokes*
under a painted sky by stacey lee*
the secret of a heart note by stacey lee**
out of order by casey lawrence
not your sidekick by c.b. lee**
something in between by melissa de la cruz**
cloudwish by fiona wood**
some other books with asian side characters: north of beautiful by justina chen (has a chinese love interest), just visiting by dahlia adler (has an indian love interest), and the fixer by jennifer lynn barnes (has an indian side character who’s best friends with the mc)
feel free to add anything!!
EDIT: i took out the conspiracy of us bc i was told that it’s a negative representation (thanks @cobaltrose for telling me!!) sorry if i offended anyone
I’m half Caucasian and half Chinese, meaning I’m used to two very different cultures. However I was raised in an Asian community and have 100+ Asian relatives, but only 2 Caucasian relatives. Needless to say, I’m very influenced by my Chinese side and mostly consider myself Asian.
I’ve got a few problems, and I’m sure other hapas out there have felt this same way. Us hapas seem to always have identity crises, so this definitely isn’t the first.
The problem I often have is this: If I go to an Asian place, such as an Asian store or restaurant, and I’m with my Caucasian father, I tend to want to distance myself from him. I don’t want to appear like I’m the white outcast in an Asian store. I’ve developed this dislike for my Caucasian half and there are countless nights when I lay there in bed and wonder why I don’t look more Asian, more like the people I grew up with, or look in the mirror, and I can’t stand what I see. I know I should be proud to be a hapa, and I am; but there are so many times when I wish I inherited more of the Asian features. My nose if the feature I wish I could change the most. It’s my father’s nose: straight, and a bump on it. I hate looked at it from the side, and hate it when people look at me from the side, because it sticks out so much to me. Why couldn’t I have a flatter nose? I’d always ask myself. I used to push down on the bump in hopes that it would flatten. It wasn’t always like this, but sometime around 9 or 10 years old, my nose was no longer flat. I can’t stand it.
Those of you who are hapas know that we are the bridge between the two or more cultures that make us who we are; I am a bridge between American and Chinese culture. This brings up my other problem: if I am Chinese and Caucasian, then it is perfectly fine for me to fit into both, yet I suddenly feel uncomfortable when my Caucasian father tries to fit into Chinese culture. There are a lot of things that lead up to this, but it goes back to my feeling of uneasiness around anyone who isn’t Asian. I just haven’t had good experiences with them in the past. Since I was little, the only people who understood me are Asians, because I’m so immersed in that culture. My cousin, who is also half Caucasian and half Chinese, grew up in a very American household, and always tells me, “God, you’re so Asian,” like it’s an insult. So I tend to not particularly care for most people who are very Americanized. I feel strange when white people try to speak an Asian language with a terrible accent, even though I know it must be an unusual sight when I speak to Chinese people in Chinese. But I feel so comfortable around Asians and in Asia. When something threatens that comfort zone I’m in, it just makes me irritated.
I have a lot of problems on this issue. I always have, for so many years now. Sometimes, I don’t know what to do about these feelings. But I know I can’t be the only hapa out there who has these types of problems
“I am so happy to have a woc as the heroine of the show, but I wish Marinette’s face had more Chinese features. We know she’s half Chinese because her mother actually looks Chinese, but she is pretty white-passing.”
- A new kids comes, who is half Chinese half French and Marinette gets close to him. Like super duper Marichat fanfic close.
- Adrien doesn’t really like this guy, but he won’t show it.
- Nino’s the only one who sees Adrien’s glare at the new boy.
- The thing is, before Nino can actually tell Adrien that he’s jealous of new boy, Adrien already knew.
- But the thing is, he thinks he’s jealous of the said boy, because he thought Marinette would ask him to teach her Mandarin.
- Which earns a facepalm from Nino and a deadpan from almost everyone in the class (excluding Chloe, Sabrina [because she’s trying to stay in the good side of Chloe], Nathanael [blinded by a shy crush], Lila [possibly, but she’s a smart vixen, so she might catch up with the class’ deadpan mode] Marinette, New Boy and Adrien of course).
- Adrien being hella confused because everyone’s just done with his cluelessness with the whole love square (more like unrequited love of Marinette’s feelings).
DIRKJOHN post credits (bdhdhdj disclaimer i have chinese headcanons for all/most of the kids let me live. its a mix tho) BASICALLY john is fluent in chinese (only speaking-wise) cause hes half chinese half malaysian and learnt at home. dirk, who is full chinese is like hm. i put effort into learning japanese i should maybe try learning some mandarin chinese (dave knows a bit cause hes self taught AND its the most widely spoken language in the world) but he goes to john rather than dave (secret Oh Shit Hes Cute Try To Date Him seduction plan.) anyways johns like sure!!! but i cant write any (can do pinyin tho) and dirks like aight Come At Me Bro.
bfnfbdh anyways john starts teaching but he gets this Awful idea to prank him. he starts out legit (dirk is taking notes with the tones and Trying not to sound like an american fucker with a wannabe accent) but slips in little phrases like ‘oh! this is a good one for meeting new people :) qing ni di si wo (which can mean ‘please kick/trample me to death’) means 'nice to meet you!’ and they get less morbid and just plain Kinda Wrong and Also Harmless as they go along (“kan qi lai hen….xi guai is for when someone asks you what you want to eat from a menu! just add “chi [whatever]” at the beginning” anyways. he still teaches legit things sometimes, keeping track of what japanese dirk knows and what words are similar and b4 the end of their first lesson he’s like “oh! youll like this one! ni hen ke ai means you’re cute! hehehe” and dirk is like…..did he call me kawaii
FAST FORWARD A BIT dirk asks dave how much he knows and shows him his notes and dave says Absolutely Nothing, just “did you ask john to teach you? just as well, i don’t know enough for this” and gestures at the words. the one to finally break it to him the next day is rose who sees him trying to practise pronunciation (she can defs speak) and looks over his shoulder and is just…. Oh Honey
dirk confronts john later and johns just giggling cause he knew hed get found out and dirks just like……ffuck you man. you cant say kawaii to me and LIE about it (he has no idea which ones are wrong bdhddjj) and johns like….pal….that was one of the only legit phrases i taught you. after that he starts teaching him properly. its fun and they kiss at some point (also john doesnt hesitate to tell dirk the phrase ke ai or kawaii came from chinese in the first place and that his weaboo ass needs to fuck off)