The publisher of David Warriors has removed from one of the author’s best-selling children’s books a story about “harmful stereotypes” depicting Chinese children.
The worst children in the world HarperCollins has confirmed that future reprints will not include a story titled “Brian Wong, never before, ever wrong”.
It was billed as a “terribly entertaining and wonderfully surreal” collection of short stories about 10 “fun and scary children”. The worst children in the world First published in 2016. Since then, the very popular HarperCollins has proved to have published three follow-up titles.
However, some critics and parents argued that it was a racist portrayal of the Chinese in the story, calling Warrium “whitewashed” and “arrogant” from misrepresentations of East and Southeast Asian culture. I blamed it.
In the story, Brian is characterized as a “perfect and complete SWOT” whose favorite subject is mathematics and is dedicated to solving complex equations. He wears wire-fringed glasses and annoys his classmates with his relentless desire to always be right.
In Warriors’ account, Brian’s glasses magnify his eyes to the size of a cymbal, but the illustration of the author’s longtime collaborator Tony Ross depicts him wearing a suit and bow tie with small eyes. increase.
One critic, George Ma, a British Asian podcaster and writer, said of the story: [about the] Associate it with the East and Southeast Asian communities named Wong and the wrong ones … in the case of David Warriors [had] He would have known this if he had done his research. ”
Regarding the appearance of the character, she said: “It’s a complete casual racism.”
And to the authors of the children, she added: The cent is wrong. ”
Talk to Bookstore, Ms Ma said the story amplified “harmful stereotypes”.
“The overall personality is based on the myth of a model minority that the Chinese are geeky, sly, and good at math. We’re not confrontational, we’re doing well. Read about it. Was really disappointing. “
The decision by HarperCollins to remove the story from the book and replace it with a new story will be made after the publisher meets Ma.
“Consult the author and illustrator to see if a future edition will write a new story to replace” Brian Won. ” The worst children in the world“The statement said.
“Updates are scheduled for the next reprint as part of our ongoing commitment to reviewing the content on a regular basis.”
A Warriors spokeswoman said the author would not comment.
Warriors have been accused of incorporating racism, classism, and fatshamming into some of his children’s books in the past.
Last year, Warriors and Matt Lucas apologized for using blackface at the Sketch Show. Little britain..
In the program, comedians portrayed characters such as an obese Caribbean woman called Desiree DeVere and a “cool Thai bride” named Ting Tong.