On the other end of the spectrum, you had people fancasting Darren Criss, who is half Filipino and half Dutch (Magnus is half Indonesian, half Dutch) and being told, by white people, that Darren Criss “didn’t count as Asian” because he didn’t fit their mental image of what Asian is supposed to look like, even though he identifies as half-Filipino, [such as in this tweet] in which he actually specifically addresses being biracial and issues of casting.
I wish I had the solution. It’s heartbreaking to see people angered or upset that Magnus is being played by an Asian actor when Magnus is Asian.
I know that I have made a lot of mistakes in my portrayals of PoC characters; I try hard, but I know that I have a lot of room for improvement. But I really do believe that the only remedy for the issues we’re discussing is more representation and more diverse representation. When only a small percent of YA novels have major characters of color and less than one percent have characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender maybe it isn’t so surprising that the default in reader’s minds is white and straight. I think the first thing has to change before the second thing can.