I have been working on my latest writing project, Project DFW for the past few months now, and one of the main characters, Darren (the student of a character in his 30s-40s, also named Darren, who affectionately calls him "Little Darren"), is loosely based off my personality (wanders around a lot, explores the world around him, is into all types of music, weird (and sometimes sticky) situations happening, etc.). He stands about 5'10-11 to 6", and is around 18 years of age. And like me, his birthday is April 9.
But here's the dilemma I'm currently facing: After seeing two videos on YouTube of the 1994 SNES game Hagane (one was a run of the entire game; the other was a speedrun), a side-scrolling action game that was unavailable at a department store and could only be rented at Blockbuster Video (it plays very similar to SEGA's Shinobi series and it was not available in any store in 1995 when the U.S. version came), I feel like I want to change Darren's ethnicity to Japanese-American, but there's this feeling in my gut that is telling me not to change anything on him and leave him American (Darren has brown hair and brown eyes, by the way).
I am no stranger to putting in lead characters that are half-Japanese in my stories, however--I've been doing that since 2009; 2 were female while one was male.
However, I have an embarrassing secret that I've been keeping for years when it comes to this ethnicity: Growing up, I used to be very shy around Asian people until 2007 at the age of 21, in my third year of community college.
Now, don't get me wrong, I think Asian people are pretty cool. Sorry if I broke any rules regarding this post, but what do you think I should do with Darren? Should I leave him the way he is?
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