This Week in Diversity: Appearance

Greetings on another Friday afternoon!

The New Cover

The Original Cover

Steph Su Reads starts us out with Why I Want More Asians on YA Book Covers: My Experience with Racism, in which she shares a personal experience with racism and her dismay over the revised cover of Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix.

Guest blogging at Feministe, Shani Hilton talks about her hair journey as a Black woman, from one who relaxed her hair to one with natural hair. It’s a great personal look at the highly-politicized cultures of Black women’s hair.

Arizona’s racially-charged anti-immigrant bill has lost some of its teeth, but the fallout continues, in Arizona and in other states. In Nevada, Brian Sandoval is running to become the state’s first Hispanic governor—but he says he’s not worried about laws like Arizona’s because “my children don’t look Hispanic.”

The words we use to describe people reflects and shapes how we think about them. Sara Mayeux takes a look at one specific example: the term “illegal alien” and its variant, “illegal” used as a noun.

Enjoy the reading and enjoy the weekend, folks!


  1. Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    The change to the cover of Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix for the paperback edition contrasts with the change to Alison Goodman’s Eon, which adds more recognizably [stereotypically?] Asian cultural motifs to the art.

  2. Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Ooooh, I hadn’t seen the new Eon cover, I like! (I love the book and didn’t like the original cover).

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