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For me, that’s the single most important step of drawing inspiration from another culture: if I don’t get this right, then my Aztec warriors will end up sounding like English knights in costume, and I might as well not have tried. Your mileage might vary; I think it’s disrespectful to raid a culture for the colourful exotic trappings and not put in anything of its basic values, though there is a question of where to draw the line between drawing inspiration and rendering the exact same culture in a secondary world fantasy (a thorny problem I mostly skirt around, as I’m writing historical fantasy set in the actual Aztec Empire).I think it's interesting to see people treating this subject in much the same way as folks have been treating "writing the Other." I also think it's interesting to see more and more attention going to SF/F which isn't oriented specifically in traditional Western culture (i.e., European-oriented Western culture). A trend? I don't know. Maybe. Lavie Tidhar over at the World SF blog has made some serious waves in my opinion -- so much so that he got a nod in my MA thesis.
Definitely check out Bodard's full discussion if you want to know more.