Coincidentally, I saw this link about Asian Covers the day after my cover was released. The blogger makes a comment that many of the Asian faces are occluded or cropped or not shown as full body.
I wouldn’t quite agree while looking at these covers, though these were supposed to be the ones that the author identified with. I know, however, that this has been an issue with books with ethnic characters.
I’m happy to say, no one can look at Butterfly Swords and not think it’s set in China. Now is it stereotypical because there’s a sword on the cover? Maybe.
I prefer the “prototype” to “stereotype”. 🙂