Writing a story that takes place in Korea sounds like a great idea !
But you should also think of a good plot to write, good enough to make people want to read your story.
Look, you don’t have/need to add diversity. But you should take into consideration that there will be readers who rightfully give you constructive criticism for the lack of diversity (in case you don’t diverse with your cast). I just wanted to put it on the table.
Including diversity to your story just because you feel obligated to do so, it is a forced diversity and it will not be diversity at all.
Now when we are talking about diversifying your cast in the story, we mean that you include a variety of different people. Some of the things we are talking about:
Religion, nationality, race, ethnicity, disability, gender & gender identity, sexuality, personality and more.
When working on the cast, remember that casts are diverse, not people. Plus, if you want to add minorities to your story, give them a personality. That will not be a good diversity if you just make them nothing but a minority. Minorities are much more. They should be treated like people before treating them like a minority. When making each character of the story cast, think about such things as:
- Their personality
- What’s their purpose in the story?
- Struggles and achievements
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Family and friends
- What makes them special/different?
- Minority status (in the end)
So yes. You should look at each character as a person and each one is an important part of your story in their way. Work on the characterism. By doing it, not only you show that you’re giving the topic the care it deserves, but you also are showing that you don’t think that all members of one group (whether if they follow the same religion, are an ethnic group and more) are the same. You know, like minorities actually have strengths and weaknesses, good sides and bad sides, likes and dislikes.
Do research. This is a great way of avoiding stereotypes and believe me, there are stereotypes you should watch out. After all, one of the points of diversity is to bust stereotypes, not to reinforce them.
While at the same time, I am not gonna lie to you. You might do some mistakes from time to time (regardless of stereotypes). But don’t worry! It’s understandable, considering that diversity is not something easy to get right. For this, there are readers who’d love to help you improve as a writer and most, if not all of them will not hate you for that. So be willing to listen to them and learn from your readers (Be open to feedback). They will specify what’s wrong and how to improve.
Ask questions. As you know, not every site on the internet gives you accurate information. So the best thing to make your research more helpful is simply to ask people. For example, you can ask me about religion (Judaism) and nationality (Israel) or about being both Jewish and POC.
But when asking people questions, be specific so they’ll be able to know what to say as an answer.