What culture is she?
A young woman I know is of Middle Eastern descent and wants to be an author.
She does not follow traditions or partake in culture from her family's origin country/culture.
She lives in USA.
Is she American because she lives there?
If so, should she choose a typically-American pen name?
Should she choose a typically-Middle Eastern name, similar to where her name came from?
Can she choose from whichever culture/nation is going to be viewing her work the most -- Chinese for donghwa, Korean for manhwa?
She has seen the case of Rachel Dolezal and is worried, especially being Middle Eastern, if she is found out maybe people will think she is a bad person. As her friend, I am pointing out it is better to do like JK Rowling and know your audience but I also do not write. I do not know. I ask because I do not know. :) Please help.