White poet Michael Derrick Hudson's use of the Chinese pen name Yi-Fen Chou was an act of yellowface that is part of a long tradition of white voices drowning out those of color in the literary world.
The pseudonym Michael Derrick Hudson chose to pen his poems with belongs to an Indiana woman and she's not happy, her sister told BuzzFeed News.
Poet Michael Derrick Hudson was published in The Best American Poetry 2015 anthology under the name Yi-Fen Chou. He said he intentionally used the pseudonym to increase his chances of getting published.
Poet Michael Derrick Hudson was published in The Best American Poetry 2015 anthology under the name “Yi-Fen Chou.” Hudson claims to use this name as a “strategy” for getting poems published.