Asian men as romantic leads

I was contacted recently by Asian American blogger, MaSir Jones, to chat about the portrayal of Asian men as romantic leads in my stories. I was a little nervous at first because I know that occasionally I get criticized for writing Asians into romance novels, just by the fact that they’re romance novels. But we actually had a great chat about Amy Tan, Asian stereotypes, BLS* among other things.

*From MaSir: Bruce Lee Syndrome (BLS) – Asian male protagonist kicks the shit out of a thousand men, but never gets the girl or is deemed as an asexual creature.

For instance, I realized that the stereotype of the Asian scholar comes up often in my books, but it manifests itself way differently than the geeky kid with Coke bottle glasses.

Hope you find the interview interesting:

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I’ve decided that pretty much my mum is always right. *sigh* As if she wasn’t always right before! She’s going to be intolerable now.

I told her I might want to do an ad in a Vietnamese newspaper for Butterfly Swords. She told me to forget the ad. Just send a copy of the book to them. So I did and the editor passed it down to one of the journalists who read it and then called me for an interview.

I thought it was just going to be an online feature, but yesterday I received a package in the mail which contained this:

I was more than a bit flabbergasted because that’s the entire front page of the English language insert of Nguoi Viet, the largest Vietnamese newspaper. THE ENTIRE PAGE.

Butterfly Swords takes up almost a fourth of the layout and the picture of me hugging my book is huge too. I’m completely dumbfounded. I must send a big ol’ thank you note tomorrow once the room stops spinning.