Chinese immigrant Amélie Wen Zhao managed to sign a lucrative publishing deal to produce a fictional book for the young adult crowd called Blood Heir. The book, however, was recently postponed from an early 2019 launch to a June 4th, 2019 release after Social Justice Warriors declared the book “racist”.
In a letter to the book community, Zhao apologized and mentioned the temporary postponement of the book via a post on Twitter that was published on January 30th, 2019.
To The Book Community: An Apology pic.twitter.com/SCdYMOSLOA
— Amélie Wen Zhao (@ameliewenzhao) January 30, 2019
If you’re unable to read the message, it states…
“I want to start by saying that I have the utmost respect for your voices, and I am listening. I am grateful to those who have raised questions around representation, coding, and themes in my book.
“I emigrated from China when I was 18. Drawing on my own multicultural upbringing and the complex history of my heritage that has incidences of bias and oppression, I wrote Blood Heir from my immediate cultural perspective. The issues around Affinite indenturement in the story represent a specific critique of the epidemic of indentured labor and human trafficking prevalent in many industries across Asia, including in my own home country. The narrative and history of slavery in the United States is not something I can, would, or intended to write, but I recognize that I am not writing in merely my own cultural context. I am so sorry for the paint this has caused.
“It was never my intention to bring harm to any reader of this valued community, particularly those for whom I seek to write and empower. As such, I have decided to ask my publisher not to publish Blood Heir at this time, and they have agreed. I don’t wish to clarify, defend, or have anyone defend me. This is not that; this is an apology.
“With the feedback of the community, I feel this is the right decision.”
Writer Cathy Young penned a piece for the New York Daily News, covering some of the outrage that metastasized into a coagulated social media brigade against Zhao. Young explained…
“For one, “Blood Heir” takes place in a world where some people including the heroine, Ana, have dangerous supernatural powers that make them reviled and hunted; their outcast status is used as a metaphor for real-life oppression of racial minorities. Detractors found that “repulsive.”
“There was also fury over the book’s blurb, saying that oppression in the fictional universe of “Blood Heir” is “blind to skin color.” And the death of an apparently dark-skinned young girl who is killed while saving Ana was seen as a demeaning trope of black self-sacrifice for white benefit.”
This kind of galvanizing of the ignorant mobs is what Social Justice Warriors are known for doing. Regardless of the positive reviews from critics or the potential to see a breakout Asian writer in the field of young adult fiction, the Intersectional Inquisition have deemed Zhao’s work “oppressive” to those who she apparently towers over on the Progressive Stack.
Asian writer Ellen Oh also took aim at Zhao before deleting her Twitter account, posting a series of tweets on January 29th, 2019 that admonished colored people for “racism”. Oh wrote…
“Dear POC writers, You are not immune to charges of racism just because you are POC. Racism is systemic, especially anti-blackness. And colorblindness is extremely tone deaf. Learn from this and do better.
“Now I’m going to talk directly to Asian writers. Anti-blackness is real in our community. We’ve all grown up with it and it is our job to root it out in ourselves first and then address the rest of our community. We are all unaware of our own racism until it is pointed out to us. Especially Asian writers who did not grow up in western countries. Your lack of awareness may not be your fault given your lack of cultural context, but it IS your fault if you do not educate yourself when it is expressly brought up to you.
“And if you have the luxury of getting this important criticism before your book is actually published, it is YOUR responsibility to make it right. Do right by the audience that your book will be reaching. Do right by the kids who will be reading your book.
“I want my Asian writing community to succeed. I want the best for them. I want us to be better writers. I want us to be great role models. So I say this from a place of kindness. Listen, learn, do better. You have a responsibility to the kids who are your audience. And if you want to know if I read the book in question. Yes. I did. And I absolutely believe that it wasn’t the author’s intent to be racist. But intent can’t negate impact.”
Hilariously enough, Ellen Oh couldn’t even finish chiding coloreds about their racism without offending someone, which resulted in her having to apologize for her own language that was deemed offensive to disabled people. No, this is not a joke.
Pluralist also did a detailed account of the fallout, revealing that publisher Delacorte Press signed Zhao for a $500,000 book deal.
Blood Heir was expected to be the next big hit, maybe even the next Twilight or Hunger Games.
Yet it appears in a bid to outrace the competition in the Oppression Olympics, Zhao’s success has been put on hold, for now.
Surprisingly, Delacorte Press has supported Zhao in her decision to withhold the release of Blood Heir after Social Justice Warriors proclaimed the book to be racist.
Now don’t take it that Zhao is a victim in all of this. She very well could have ignored the naysayers and the troublemakers and focused on releasing the book.
However, more importantly, Zhao is a Leftist.
She has pronouns in her Twitter profile. She’s an advocate for diversity. And she’s anti-Trump.
In a blog post published on January 25th, 2018 over on her official website, Zhao wrote…
“I write fantasy, but my story draws inspiration from themes I see in the real world today. As a foreigner in Trump’s America, I’ve been called names and faced unpleasant remarks — and as a non-citizen, I’ve felt like I have no voice — which is why I’ve channeled my anger, my frustration, and my need for action into the most powerful weapon I have: my words.”
Zhao is now finding out first hand that the real enemies in America aren’t the Trump supporters, but everyone who claims to support “diversity”. Her success now hinges on whether or not the media will flagellate her for releasing the book or support her as she battles against the SJW hordes and their claims of racism.
There is obviously one indelible truth that has been exposed in this whole affair, and it hearkens back to an old saying: “Live by the Sword of Social Justice; Die by the Sword of Social Justice”.