Non-human Malaysian man, Persian name
I have a non human character who I created when I was 8, I gave him a name I later found out was Persian in origin. Now that I’m older I want to do a story that has these characters, but now i’m worried because the character in question did use elements due to that being the stories “magic system” and so did his mother who would either be coded to be full Persian, or half Persian half Malaysian.(I haven’t decided that part yet.)
The character’s species are all coded to be of human ethnicities and practice elements. I’m still in the process of world building and contemplating whether they’d have religions like our own.
Would it be for the best to change the character’s name and make the mother full Malaysian? Or is there a way I could portray this thoughtfully?
Thank you in advance!
Calling our Malaysian followers!
As we don’t have any Malaysian or Malay mods, judgement falls to our readers!
Not Malaysian but from a Southeast Asian perspective, I think that we definitely need more Malaysian representation as well as Persian representation. I don’t see why a character can’t be both!
Mod Niki also provides some additional commentary below regarding othering and naming.
- Mod Emme
What was the name?
It could have been helpful to know what the name is. There are Persian names of various origins that may indicate different religious backgrounds, historical connections or cultural elements. Without more information though, I don’t see anything inherently wrong about a Persian-coded character using elemental magic if that’s your world’s magic system. I’m more concerned about the character being non-human, and the fact that you’re coding non-human species to real-world ethnic groups and cultures. This can potentially lead to dehumanizing and harmful tropes. This topic has been covered on the blog already. I recommend reading through the race allegory tag. This recent post is especially relevant.
- Mod Niki
Feedback from Malaysian followers Malaysian followers only requested!
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