YA author Kristen Simmons has an interesting article over at Medium:
I would also strongly recommend reading the comments in the Twitter discussion.
Simmons is half-Japanese and half European, and she discusses the issues she encounters both in real life, and with people in the book community who think her mixed race characters are either a cop-out or tokenism.
Much of Simmons’ issues come with the fact she’s not considered “Japanese enough”.
A lot of prominent people in publishing and book blogging have a lot of opinions about the representations of culture and race in books, and – more often than not – I find they’re people who have no experience with what they’re talking about.