Don’t go praising Korra and Asami’s progressiveness by mentioning only Korra as a poc and failing to acknowledge that Asami’s a poc as well
In case it’s not sinking in: no one in the Avatarverse is white, full stop. Anyone who’s pale-skinned is coded as eastern Asian.
And yes, this still applies even if they have auburn hair or whatever. Pigment mutations laugh at your ethnocentrism.
Reblog to make a fandom racist cry.
#her fucking name is asami sato#that’s a japanese-ass name
The Fire Nation is Japanese. The Earth Kingdom is Chinese. The Air Nomads are Tibetan. The Water Tribes are Inuit.
There are other peoples out there, but they are mostly just fantasy versions of other Asian or Native peoples.
Korra is an Inuit, Asami is Japanese, and Mako and Bolin are mixed race Chinese/Japanese.
This is an over-simplification. The Avatarverse combines cultures quite often.
1. The Northern Water Tribe, while also being Inuit-inspired, has Chinese-inspired architecture. Note the circular doors.
2. The character of Song from Zuko alone is very clearly wearing a Korean hanbok. She is from the Earth Kingdom.
3. The Kyoshi Island Warriors dress in kendo uniform-inspired outfits and wear Kabuki-inspired facepaint, both Japanese, despite being Earth Kingdom.
Also, the Fire Nation is most certainly not primarily Japanese-inspired.
1. They had initially planned to base the design of their armor on samurai armor. This is where the misconception typically originates from. However, it was changed before the show came out and they switched to Tang dynasty style armor. Note the pointed, up-turned toes. That is a feature of Tang dynasty armor. The shoes worn by samurai had rounded toes.
2. Look at the clothing of the Fire Nation Royal family. It looks nothing like a kimono. They are wearing hanfu. That panel of cloth attached to the front of the belt is called a bixi. The hairpieces they wear are based off guan, and the practice of distinguishing the heir through a specific headpiece is Han Chinese in origin. The pointed layers of cloth worn over their shoulders are inspired by Thai dance costumes.
3. The commoners’ clothes in Book 3 appear to be inspired by Thai clothing.
4. Fire Nation cuisine is notably spicy. Japanese cuisine is not. However, Thai cuisine is and so are some variants of Chinese cuisine.
5. Zuko’s broadswords are Chinese dao swords.
Yes, the Fire Nation might draw some parallels to World War II Japan in its actions, but its material culture is most certainly not Japanese-inspired.
I know that you mean no harm by parroting the error that the Fire Nation is Japanese-inspired. It is a common misconception that gets circulated due to misinformation and a lack familiarity with Asian culture. It just gets tedious sometimes, for people of Chinese descent, like me, when parts of our culture get misattributed to Japan simply because Japanese culture is more familiar (sometimes, we think “more fashionable”) to Westerners.
White people getting mad that the characters are all POC, if race and seeing yourself represented doesn’t matter if it’s a good story, why are you getting so upset?