POC Reading Challenge
January 21, 2010 § 17 Comments
I didn’t expect myself to be joining yet another reading challenge so soon. But here I am. Joining the “People of Colour Reading Challenge”.
So what is the POC Reading Challenge all about? Simple. It’s a challenge aimed to highlight and celebrate authors and characters of colour.
Racial tension and discriminination is not something new to me. And the last thing I would want to do is promote the uplifting of one particular race over another. Having said that, I don’t think that’s what this challenge is about. I see this challenge as a way to embrace diversity, not as citizens of any particular country, but as active participants of humanity.
I’m joining this challenge to show to myself, and anyone else who might come across this blog, that there is a world of diversity out there. I’m joining this challenge to let my own horizons expand, to allow myself to learn more about the different cultures of the world.
For me, this challenge isn’t even about ‘positive discrimination’. It may be for some people, but it’s not like that for me. I’m challenging myself to actively seek out POC authors (however you may interpret POC) to show support. The same way I actively seek out Malaysian authors. In reading and blogging about them and their books, I’m hoping that in some small way, I’m helping make them a little more known, and a little more accessible.
Do I necesarily have to like their books? If it’s well written, yes. If not, no. No different from my reading any other book. But because they’re not as readily available, not as prominently publicised, not as widely circulated, it’s necessary for me to actively seek them out.
Does that mean I will only read books by POC authors? No. That defeats the purpose of my wanting to expand my horizons.
Okay. Enough of my rambling.
I’ll be joining at level 5, which is to read 16-25 POC books. And I’ll probably be doing a lot more books of Asian and Middle Eastern origins, than of African-American, Hispanic, and other POC origins. But we all have to start somewhere.