No, I'm not going to ask Jason to seriously change the look of Duane's girlfriend. Because I am strongly against the notion that when some
readers write in and say "offensive!" your first reaction should be "erase! Delete! Never happened!" Rather, you should look at the work again and decide what you find off-message and what you want to stand by. (I'm much faster to react when readers write in to point out inarguable errors in logic or storytelling.) If I'd followed reader knee-jerk reactions with "Cyndi and Charlotte" that story would've ended up being a lot less powerful.
You also need to take the entirety of reactions into account. I mean, I can't emphasize this enough: some of you thought she was a stereotypical Asian, some of you found her unstereotypical, and some of you didn't even realize she was supposed to be Asian.
I mean, does that sound like a clear mandate for change to you? Are we supposed to reduce the "Asian signifiers" and yet somehow also increase them?
Because, I will admit, her race is of mild significance in that it shows Duane continuing to date well outside what narrow-minded people would consider "his own kind" (be that black or Muslim) yet he didn't end up with a "Penny" or "Charlotte" either, with all the baggage that implies. And again, she looks like real women
The one thing I am considering changing is the squint. Even though my first reaction to it was that it was adorable, I have to wonder if such a minor alteration would quiet the flapdoodle without making me feel like a sellout. Might change that. But I refuse to treat this as the Great Race Crisis of 2011, in any case.