So I recently made some critical comments on a fic where the writer attempted to address the fact that Blaine is Asian, but white-passing.
Before I get into the meat of this post, I do want to remind ppl that we aren’t a monolith. There are other half-filipino/half-white ppl who disagree with me and enjoyed it. We all have different mileage when it comes to this.
Moreover… i’ve been a pretty vehement opponent to white washing Blaine.
So what can be done? Unfortunately for white writers, this will always be a damned if you do and damned if you don’t situation. Why? Because erasure is an act of violence. But if you try and include the representation, as above, it is highly likely that you will fuck up. Even more important, as above, since the people you seek to represent aren’t a monolith, you’ll have some people who are fine with what you’ve produce and you’ll have eternally grouchy fans like me who will be critical (although, my response to that story was fairly mild for me).
I’m going to illustrate my points using actual fic as examples. One of my absolute favourite stories that features ActuallyAsian!Blaine is Début: Allow Me to Introduce. The story centres around a fairly important right of passage ritual for girls in Pilipin@ culture. Written by a half pinay, the story is one of the most authentic to pin@y experience in the fandom.
Unless you think you can do this… you’re probably better off not aiming for this level of authenticity. Especially if you decide to include elements of racial oppression, since this isn’t something white ppl understand (like, at all). Yes, you can name events and happenings, but the emotional impact and such is pretty much inaccessible to you. One area where the story that started this all perhaps got it right was speaking more from Kurt’s perspective than Blaine’s.
On the other end, we can also talk about something like seaouryou’s Confidence, which in Chapter 5a brings up lumpia as something that Blaine really enjoys. Lumpia (for those who may not know) is kinda the Pilipin@ version of a spring roll. Very delicious, btw. This, and other occasional references, to Blaine’s pin@y background ensure that Blaine isn’t whitewashed, but also doesn’t try to speak to an experience perhaps that the author may not be able to speak to (I don’t know the race of the author).
Then we have the historical fics, which either must whitewash Blaine in order for them to be coherent, or jump through some impressive narrative hoops. But they can be done right.
Basically… my advice for the white fic writer who doesn’t want to whitewash Blaine, is to essentially follow the steps of Confidence. It is pretty much established in canon that Blaine’s race isn’t really integral to his narrative, you don’t really need to make it a major part of your narrative either. But that doesn’t mean it should be entirely disregarded.