In one of the introductions to a collection of his short stories, Asimov reminisced with his time with Astounding Science Fiction.
He commented that he always suspected that Campbell, the editor of Astounding thought of men in space as basically white men in space. Strange really, as SF, when it works well, is about investigating the human condition like all other great works of fiction. And it seems bizarre to ignore the human condition of everyone else on this Earth. (Perhaps not so bizarre when one contemplates the everyday racism of that era and which Asimov was far too circumspect to mention).
I'm curious as to what the first published science-fiction in either the UK or the USA that starred a non-western character in the role of the protagonist.
Obviously, aliens or robots don't count.