A brief tale will be omitted from a reprint of David Walliams’ The World’s Worst Kids e book next calendar year, after it was criticised for its racial stereotyping.
The story in issue, Brian Wong, Who Was Under no circumstances, At any time Mistaken, is about a Chinese boy who was the “swottiest swot who ever swotted”, was good at maths and wore glasses.
It was criticised earlier in the year by podcaster Georgie Ma, who explained: “It’s complete relaxed racism and it just reminds me of the comics that white supremacists have telling Chinese men and women to go back to China.”
Ma also said that she experienced satisfied with publisher Harper Collins to communicate about her encounters of growing up British-born Chinese, saying: “Stories like Brian Wong have a part to perform on normalising jokes on minorities from a youthful age and we want this to be taken out.”
Publisher Harper Collins has now verified the tale will be removed in the reprint, indicating: “In consultation with our writer and illustrator we can affirm that a new tale will be prepared to substitute ‘Brian Wong’ in upcoming editions of The World’s Worst Small children.
“The update will be scheduled at the up coming reprint as aspect of an ongoing motivation to regularly reviewing information.”
Ma explained to The Bookseller: “‘Wong’ and ‘wrong’ are two phrases that are generally employed in playgrounds to decide on on anyone if their surname is Wong.
“Even just the way Brian has been illustrated. He wears glasses, he seems to be like a nerd, he’s obtained smaller eyes… they are all unsafe stereotypes.
“The all round character performs on the model minority myth the place Chinese people are nerdy, swotty and very good at maths, we’re not confrontational and we are high achievers.
“It was just seriously disappointing to go through about that. Individually for me, since I have a toddler, I never want her being absorbed in these stories in which Chinese society is misrepresented.”
The e-book was unveiled in 2016, and functions stories this sort of as Nigel Nit-Boy, Grubby Gertrude and Bertha the Blubberer, and has marketed 450,000 copies.
Because then, Walliams has posted two sequels and many spin-offs.