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I have been having one of the most stressful, unhappy weeks this year so far, and it doesn't seem to be headed anywhere good. HOWEVER, I needed to claw out time to make this quick update post, because of how much delight these pictures brought me.

See, when I designed my unwhitewashed (LESS RACIST!) cover for Chasing Shadows, I was kind of hoping other people would care about the issue too, that it might become a thing people talked about the way that other book covers that Racist Gremlins have attacked have become. But nope, people went on talking about how beautiful the racist cover was and how much they loved it, and I kept seething in my little corner.

Then [personal profile] kingrat commented asking if I had a hi-res version he could print off to use for his actual, physical copy of the book, and I was so stressed out with other things that I went a little nuts and spent three hours working on my dinosaur-age combination of Picasa and MS Paint to produce a full book jacket. Since I didn't have a copy of the actual book, or for that matter a printer, I just made wild guesses as to size and dimensions, but from that, [personal profile] kingrat managed to produce the glory that is...
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Today is the day a book called Chasing Shadows officially releases. The book and I go a ways back, since the author--Swati Avasthi--is a friend, and I've talked about the novel with her and read it in draft. Because I make for a biased reviewer of the work, suffice it to say that I think she has maintained the complexity of character and plot that she displayed in her first book Split, which a bunch of you appreciated when I passed around an ARC of it. You might like it if you enjoy books about female friendship and grief and loss and madness and the importance of stories and scaling rooftops and superheroes in graphic motion.

This post, however, is about the cover.

TL;DR version, the publishers issued a racist, whitewashed version so I made my own. Want, Take, Have. )
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On 29th December, 2009, the burnt body of a 25 year old Indian national was found near Griffith, in Australia.

On 9th January, 2010, a 29 year old Indian was set on fire in Melbourne, Australia.

It is true, as the police say, that we do not know that either or both of the attacks were racially motivated until the culprits are caught (and even then, how do you verify the intent of a murderer?)

But minorities do not have the luxury of extending the benefit of the doubt to their potential assailants. And when the Australian acting Prime Minister describes an Indian cartoon that says as much as "deeply offensive" and Bob Cameron, the Victorian Police Minister, says, “We are a tolerant place and Victorian police are very tolerant and this business about racism is just wrong," it is very clear that they are speaking to their White constituents, who would like their outraged astonishment at being accused of racism to be pandered to.

Fire Fly has an excellent post here about the academic-industrial complex in Australia and its relationship to violence against Indian students.

People being set on fire is outragous. A comic speculating about intent is not.

ETA: A comprehensive, albeit dense article about the intersections between racism and educational capitalism in Australia.


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