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Contrasting depictions of Asians in Tintin

Hergé apparently met an art student called Chang Chong-Chen, the same name he gives to the man who saved Tintin in Blue Lotus. Mark Tweedale at Multiversitycomics.com writes: Why the change? Well, ...
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Censorship of African-American characters in "Tintin in America"

The first efforts to market Tintin to an American readership happened in the early 1960s, in the ill-fated "Golden Press debacle", when, among other things, the American publisher Golden ...
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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

Native speaker here. The most important part that was lost in translation was the rhythm of the prose. Lem's texts at all times have a quality similar to that of a blank verse. Sadly, I think it would ...
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Why does Modesta Gómez demand payment from the indigenous girl?

Brenci Patiño makes the point that the two women, Modesta and the indigenous woman, are "pitted against each other" by the social structure around them. They "share similar experiences ...
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Was Mark Twain a racist?

As a concise and direct answer to your question, here is a quote from Twain's essay "Concerning the Jews": "I have no race prejudices, and I think I have no color prejudices or caste ...
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Why are there so many references to Moneylenders and Jews in 19th century fiction?

At the time, there were many Jewish bankers/moneylenders, so moneylenders were probably often portrayed as Jews. For a very long time, the Jews have been associated with banking and money. There are a ...
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Why is the colour of Caliban's girls important?

This is a strange question for a number of reasons. First of all, it's quite broad and meandering. There's a lot of assumptions in the question that aren't correct and need to be corrected. I mention ...
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Is it whitewashing to depict Blaise Zabini as white?

Whitewashing is distinct but related things. Changing an existing non-white character to be a white one. Using white characters in a setting that would typically have non-whites. White actors, ...
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In Wister's _The Virginian_, why is calling a white man white considered a compliment?

"You're white, all right" definitely refers to the Virginian's race (as its context makes rather clear). According to commentaries I have seen so far about this work, the Virginian is of ...
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Why are the prisoners that have become too weak to work referred to as "Moslems" by the Nazi guards?

This usage is not confined to just Frankl. For example, Jean Amery in his memoir At the Mind's Limits: Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and its Realities noted that this was the term used ...
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What was the ethnicity of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

TL;DR: Heathcliff’s ethnicity is ambiguous. To the other characters, his appearance strikes them as foreign, but they cannot say with any certainty where he appears to be from. Mr Earnshaw’s ...
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Why are there so many references to Moneylenders and Jews in 19th century fiction?

Sorry to be brief, I'm writing this on a phone (more to follow later). Short answer: for a long time, usury rules generally forbade Catholics from lending money at interest to other Catholics. ...
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Why is "The Vanishing Half" set in Louisiana?

It's set in Louisiana because the town is based on a real town as she mentions in an NPR interview: I got the idea for the book from a conversation I had with my mother, who told me very offhandedly ...
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Was Mark Twain a racist?

There's a serious mistake in the accepted answer. The first quote from "Concerning the Jews" is not correct, and Mark Twain indeed admits that he holds one racial prejudice, which I'm almost ...
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What is Baldwin referring to by the "magnificent twenties"?

It's referring to the 1920s. Note the reference to the book's publication as "one of the last of all through the thirties", "one year before our entry into the last world war". The prevailing view ...
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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

Here's the original Polish text of this passage (plus half a sentence as the sentence breaks are different in the translation). I highlighted the sentence that was translated as “A giant Negress was ...
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Why are there so many references to Moneylenders and Jews in 19th century fiction?

I love Anthony Trollope for his characters but, sadly, he often characterizes Jews in late 19 century London as prosperous but dangerous moneylenders to the elite ("The Eustace Diamonds" and "The Duke'...
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Regarding Sally Andrews' first tannie Maria story, have there been questions about racism?

User Obie2.0 addresses your literal question as to whether the author has been questioned on the topic and I don't have anything to add on that. I looked to see what I could find about the author ...
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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

"You are black? [...] In my country everyone had white skin, so we had to use the shades. My hair were dark so I've been called black" The paraphrased quote above is from "American ...
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Regarding Sally Andrews' first tannie Maria story, have there been questions about racism?

As of yet, probably not There are very few pages that mention "Piet Witbooi," "Constable Piet" (note that there appear to be two Piets who work for the police department), "...
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"Chieftain" and Toussaint's ethnicity in Wordsworth's "To Toussaint L'Ouverture"

Toussaint was born as an enslaved person on Saint-Domingue, but rose to become its Governor General. My reading is that Kaplan thinks it unlikely that Wordsworth would have referred to a white ...
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Does "Jerry Was a Man" present a positive or negative view of civil rights?

I would argue that the story is actually not concerned with presenting a positive or negative view of civil rights struggles. Rather, it draws on material from the history of African-American ...
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What was the ethnicity of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights?

Heathcliff's precise ethnicity is still open to debate. In the mid-nineteenth century, the term "gypsy" could refer to a Romani individual, or it could more be used to describe someone who ...
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Where and to whom did Toni Morrison give this speech?

In another part of that same book (I cannot find the page number in Google books), the author says this speech was at Portland University. "Toni Morrison, one of the foremost storytellers of my ...
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Why is the colour of Caliban's girls important?

My answer about the pronouns in "Shift" focused on the opposition between nature (and a person's nature and roots) on the one hand, and technology-based civilisation on the other. My interpretation of ...
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Understanding the use of the word "Negress" in the Kilmartin and Cox translation of Solaris

Literature, at least in one important sense, is holding up a mirror to human nature. And Stanislaw Lem in Solaris is holding up literally a mirror to European society, just as another Polish writer, ...
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