Cultural competency is a hot topic in many workplaces, especially in the medical world. But have you thought about how culturally competent you are with your fictional characters?
When we meet a person (in fiction or real life), what's visible to us is like the tip of the iceberg. Skin color, hair color and texture, facial features, speech, clothes...we make snap judgments, conscious and unconscious, about that person.
In real life, the only way to get below the surface is to ask the person and/or spend time with them. As writers, we have the ability to delve deep below the surface to inform our readers as well.
Have you gone deep below the surface to delve into the culture of your characters?