Hello all. It has been quite a while since I've posted here as my writing has been more sporadic the past few years. Anyway, I had something I wanted to discuss as I was looking for different perspectives on the issue.

Over the past few years, I've been drawn deeply into Korean culture. Starting with music, food, and movies, but moving more deeply to traditions, family structures, politics and history. Pretty much, I'm very interested in not just a face value way. Recently, I was inspired by a particular fairy tale and it made me want to do a retelling of this particular Korean fairy tale. It is one that has familiar themes, but also is something I haven't really seen told here (except one very poor movie that missed on the core of the fairy tale).

Being a Korean fairy tale, I wanted to make sure that the Korean element was not removed from the story entirely because I feel like it would be disrespectful. I've decided to write certain characters as mixed.

My only concern is that I am not Korean. I am black. I'm just unsure if this will be taken as cultural appropriation. Should I just say let someone else chance this tale hopefully one day?

I'm just torn because this is probably the first time in years where I'm so genuinely invested that this story is shaping up well and becoming something complex and interesting. I just don't feel comfortable removing all traces of it's Korean origins just so I can retell in my perspective. It is incredibly important to me that the Korean aspect is there.