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The All-White World of Children’s Publishing

by on December 18, 2013

HERE WE SEE ONE OF THE FIRST ADVANCES THAT JOAN WHEELER DID TO PROMOTE HER LIBELOUS BOOK AND MY COMMENTS TO IT AND OF COURSE NOW JOAN IS TRYING TO PUBLISH A 2ND EDITION OF A NON-EXISTENT BOOK. AND IF AND WHEN SHE DOES PUBLISH ANYTHING WE WILL BE RIGHT THERE READING IT TO MAKE SURE IT IS NOT LIBELOUS

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I just read a great paper by Laura Atkins (Roehampton University, London) titled “What’s the Story? Reflections on White Privilege in the Publication of Children’s Books” that she gave at the IRSCL congress in Frankfurt. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately since I study Asian American children’s literature and, although a bit dated, the CCBC reports that the ratio of insider authors of Asian/Asian American stories is higher than that of the Native American, Latino and Black stories (2002). I hypothesize that it is because Asian Americans are perceived to be better educated and able to represent themselves than Native Americans, Latinos and Blacks, which is an unfair stereotype thanks to the Model Minority Myth (shall we call this our “yellow privilege”?)

Also, I’ve been thinking of white privilege in publishing because of my research regarding transracial adoption in American children’s literature. The majority…

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