Racism and China in Science Fiction
October 1, 2013 10:15 AM Subscribe
Is David Wingrove's Science Fiction series Chung Kuo Sinophobic? If so, why? And is it so racist that one should not buy or read the novels in order to avoid supporting Wingrove's point of view?
posted by Potomac Avenue to media & arts (12 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I read the original series in the 90s and loved it. I thought it was relatively non-judgmental about the concept of one civilization dominating another--bad guys and good guys of different races abound and the dystopian tyranny it describes is awful but could have been perpetrated by Western nations just as easily. Meanwhile they are full of large amounts of (I assume) real detail about Chinese history and Confucianism.
But then I read the most recent additions to that series and I'm not so sure. I'm not very familiar with Sinophobic tropes and stereotypes about China so I wouldn't necessarily know if the author was engaging in those. If you're familiar with these novels, what is your reading of them--should I stop buying this series?
Second part of the question: Whether it is or isn't racist, what are some science fiction novels that also explore the ascendency of China in world culture, are set in future China, or that otherwise contain a ton of info about China? (Unlike, say, the Firefly universe which had some gestures as Chinese language and culture but nothing specific about China itself). Thanks!