How Outlander Has Avoided The Stereotypes Of Its Source Material

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  1. At no point in reading Voyager did I feel Joe was a “sucking and jiving” stereotype. What I saw was a man who code switched as is common among highly educated black people in a white world, and allowed Claire to see the part that he hides from other white people. I also thought it was interesting how Diana captured the identity crisis in Joe’s son that often developes in middle class blacks children when being expected to live up to other’s stereotypes, but that don’t fit their reality.
    As for Cho, they should have left the foot fetish in since it is a common fetish and not stereotypical to Chinese – and makes more sense than licking elbows (who does that?). I am glad, that as of now, they have him a bit more dignified than in the book.
    The books are from Claire’s perspective – a women from a country and at a time where half the world was colonized to “civilize the natives”. Some of that will show through.


    1. It appeared that she did research on some of her characters and their identity and some she didn’t. However, I did find it odd that Joe would show that side to Claire. That certainly wasn’t my experience when thinking of my parents and their interaction with non-Black friends. We even talked about it in our household, not to show that side, code-switching. Joe’s son’s identity crisis, I got that; but I certainly did not like how they laughed at him and blew him off. But everybody’s experiences are different.

      As for Cho, I am really glad they changed his character, not so much for the foot fetish – elbow licking – don’t understand that. I always viewed him as a stereotypical caricature. And again, Diana has admitted he was a plot device. I agree with your last statement and it will be interesting as we go through the season and next to see how they handle some of the other situations from the books. Thus far, I like the adaptation; changes are necessary to show other perspectives.


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