‘To JK Rowling from Cho Chang’ by Rachel Rostad, is a poem that is narrated through the perspective of Cho Chang – one of the pivotal characters in the widely acclaimed Harry Potter series written by JK Rowling. It describes young Chang’s angst caused by issues of racism against her, which were inadvertently raised in the hit series.In the first stanza, Chang ridicules the position JKR presented her in the books, in a sarcastic fashion. Until her introduction into literature and eventually media, Asian girls living abroad didn’t have much choice for cosplay but to assume characters like Geisha and Mulan. Now, they had another globally renowned Asian character to take inspiration from. But then, sadly, she wasn’t bestowed with a role where she could hold her own in a battle or could have a nice sense of humour or a complex, endearing personality that awaited exploration. Chang expresses with great resentment that she was relegated to a position where her worth didn’t pack much gravity.
She then sets off to expatiate what made her umbrage arise so as to angrily confront her creator.She commences her outrage by telling how she was stereotyped as a typical Asian student by being conveniently put in the house of Ravenclaw – a house that was known for its nerd quotient. Among the many ludicrous generalizations made on Asians, this misconception that they spend their waking hours solving math and hacking computers is just enough to pigeon hole them as boring individuals who drown themselves in numbers and bytes.
Over the next few lines, she cries in derision at the minority of Asians that prevailed in Hogwarts, as opposed to the preponderance of Caucasians. She also disapprovingly remarks how Dumbledore got portrayed as a closeted ga…
…c backlash. I, for one, am intolerably affronted by racial slurs. If there be right ways of distinguishing people, it should on grounds of their adherence to virtues, their sense of humanity, the degree to which they grease their elbows, the measure of their happiness, and most importantly, how much they’re being loved; not based on race, creed, sex, social and political statuses. While it may seem hilarious or sometimes even solemnly appropriate to make slights of racism in media and literature, it serves nothing but to misrepresent people from different cultures and races and cast them in the wrong light to people across the globe. This happens to be a grave impediment to achieve global harmony, and it’s really sad when highly acclaimed authors would contrive their stories with undertones of racism which are plausibly as impactful as blatant denunciation of races.