[LMB] Old SF

Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com
Sun Sep 27 16:47:57 BST 2020

> On Sep 27, 2020, at 6:35 AM, BOB!! via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
>> Rico also spoke very admiringly of Magsaysay, a hero of the Philippines.
>>> Let's be real, if someone's race isn't mentioned, most of the readers here
>>> are going to assume the characters are white. Though Heinlein put an Easter
>>> Egg in STARSHIP TROOPERS--once I heard the hero spoke Tagalog at home, I
>>> knew Rico was Filipino (though of course he was whitewashed for the movie).
> I remember there being a couple other hints about Rico’s national origins, but even if one doesn’t catch any of them, he’s from South America and has a non-Anglo last name, so a reader assuming he’s a generic white guy is bringing their own baggage to the story.  That’s the case with anything one reads that doesn’t make any specific mention of race, color, creed, or national origins.

Juan Rico was NOT from South America. His mother might have been killed in the Buenos Aires strike, but she was far from home. 

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Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
Robert Woodward robertaw at drizzle.com

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