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Unwritten Curse

The Cultural Diversity Challenge | 17 August 2018

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Unwritten Curse

Challenge Name: The Cultural Diversity Challenge

Challenge Deadline: Friday, 17 August 2018

Accepted Fandom(s): Harry Potter, OF

Accepted Ratings: up to Mature

Challenge Details: This challenge was inspired by a recent conversation I had on the Diversity in Next Gen! thread. We were discussing cultural diversity in fic and it made me realize how little I know about foreign (to me) cultures. I personally want to learn more so that I can engage with diverse people and so that I can authentically represent them in my writing. This challenge is a way for all of us to do just that.

It's simple. Choose a culture that is foreign to you and write a story in which one or more characters practice that culture. Obviously no single character can be the spokesperson for their entire culture, and this story can only be a glimpse at a greater whole, but it will give us a taste of cultural diversity and make the archives an even more inclusive place.

Consideration will be given to how naturally you incorporate the culture into your story. NO EXPOSITION. I don't want to read an essay on the culture, I want to see how it plays out in a character's day-to-day life. I want to see it in action.

If you need help choosing a culture, I have a list of 35 options that may be used as inspiration--so feel free to choose a number. There are no limits to how many people can "claim" the same culture. As I said above, it is impossible to capture the full complexity of a culture from one perspective, as each person embodies their culture differently. On top of that, there are so many aspects of a culture to explore: religious practices, familial structure, traditions, art and literature, social interaction, food, language, etc. So please, the more the merrier.

Rules:

  • Must be posted on the HPFT archives if you want a review.
  • Must have "for Unwritten Curse's Cultural Diversity Challenge" somewhere in the summary or story notes.
  • The story can be any length, but if it's a chaptered fic, you must have at least two chapters posted so that I can get a sense of plot progression.
  • You cannot enter a prewritten story, but you can combine with other challenges.
  • Multiple entries are allowed.

Rewards:

  • Every entry will receive a review.
  • Third place will receive three prize reviews and a challenge graphic.
  • Second place will receive five prize reviews and a challenge graphic.
  • First place will receive seven prize reviews, a challenge graphic, and ad space in my signature for a month.

I'm super excited to see what y'all come up with! :yay: And please feel free to ask me any questions that come up.

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sunshine_locks

sounds like a fun challenge!! can i be a maybe?

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21 minutes ago, sunshine_locks said:

sounds like a fun challenge!! can i be a maybe?

You betcha! Any idea what culture you'd like to explore?

 

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StarFeather

I am maybe with OF, the protagonist makes musical instruments in Nordic country(ies).

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facingthenorthwind

I have plans for a story involving a Māori Quidditch player, but.....I really shouldn't start another WIP.......so I'll be a maybe? 

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9 hours ago, StarFeather said:

I am maybe with OF, the protagonist makes musical instruments in Nordic country(ies).

This sounds AWESOME.

9 hours ago, facingthenorthwind said:

I have plans for a story involving a Māori Quidditch player, but.....I really shouldn't start another WIP.......so I'll be a maybe? 

Okay, I am totally going to bug you until you post this because I NEED TO READ THIS. Sorry. I'm a WIP enabler.

 

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  • sunshine_locks
  • StarFeather - Nordic
  • facingthenorthwind - Māori

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sunshine_locks

probably indian, because i actually know very little about it. so it'd be a nice dive in. i'm assuming the fic doesn't revolve around the culture?

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Rumpelstiltskin

I'd love to be a maybe with [most likely] OF and I think I'd really like to explore Latvian culture. 

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17 hours ago, sunshine_locks said:

probably indian, because i actually know very little about it. so it'd be a nice dive in. i'm assuming the fic doesn't revolve around the culture?

It's up to you. If you want to focus your story on a specific ritual/tradition of the culture you have chosen, you can. Or you can focus on an unrelated plot and incorporate aspects of the culture throughout. I'm cool with either as long as you don't delve into a long, in-depth explanation of the culture. I want you to practice the "show, don't tell" rule. Make sense?

16 hours ago, Rumpelstiltskin said:

I'd love to be a maybe with [most likely] OF and I think I'd really like to explore Latvian culture. 

Sounds great! :thumbsup:

 

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  • sunshine_locks - Indian
  • StarFeather - Nordic
  • facingthenorthwind - Māori
  • Rumpelstiltskin - Latvian

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Chelts-rhj

Could I be a maybe with Deaf culture? 

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3 hours ago, Chelts-rhj said:

Could I be a maybe with Deaf culture? 

YES YES YES.

 

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  • sunshine_locks - Indian
  • StarFeather - Nordic
  • facingthenorthwind - Māori
  • Rumpelstiltskin - Latvian
  • Chelts-rhj - Deaf
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