Forgive me if this isn’t the place to post this kind of topic; the reason I’m posting it here is because (at least from what I’ve read in the old clubs), The Pub is generally filled with more mature members, and ultimately I am looking for more a mature, well-reasoned, and constructive discussion on this subject.
I’m not here to start a flame war or argument about whether or not you believe cultural appropriation is “a thing”.
I’m only curious about what you think of pseudonyms/pen names, specifically the use of a pseudonym outside your own ethnicity/cultural upbringing.
I’m not talking about using my favourite Bleach! character as a profile picture and username. I’m talking about, for example, if I as a white woman with not a drop of Chinese blood or significant cultural experience, deliberately chose a Chinese-sounding pen name, and started writing and publishing Chinese historical fic.
I know it’s not illegal. I’m not interested in it from a legal perspective. I see it happening frequently in wattpad, so I’m more interested in your opinion of it from an ethical perspective. I want to hear opinions from all sides of the board (even if your opinion is you have no opinion at all) – but I especially want to hear your opinion on the matter if you’re a writer of colour.