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    I'd strongly recommend this site. It provides lots of information of the sort you are asking.

    https://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/

    This part of the site is quite useful and informative

    https://writingwithcolor.tumblr.com/...uide-words-for

    As a side question, you said you are writing a diverse world, and your protagonist is Latina. Latina as a word for a cultural identity means she is of Latin American ancestry (a very broad and diverse group of people), which makes no sense in secondary world (where there is no America, Latin or otherwise). I assume you mean someone whose appearance and possibly cultural traits are similar to some people's from Latin America in our own world, even if there is a different name for that region within your own world?

    The whole issue of appropriating elements from existing cultures in fiction, particularly those that have been marginalized, is extremely complex and controversial. Lots of writers seem to do it with impunity, but now and again a case will attract a lot of rancor. Some of it may be related to target audience and genre, and some may relate to the way a culture is appropriated or stereotyped, as well as the nature of what is appropriated. Something that is very sacred and central to an underrepresented, frequently misrepresented, or marginalized culture and slapped into a different fantasy world context can possibly hurtful to some.

    This article may answer some questions as well.

    https://writingtheother.com/appropri...appropriation/
    Last edited by Roxxsmom; 09-23-2019 at 05:01 AM.
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