I'm going to have to say that Pai Mei (Kill Bill 2) was a bigger issue for bullies / hurtful stereotypes through school rather than some random whitewashing. Well, what was more relevant in my schooldays was "The Karate Kid" but you get the idea. Random Asian kung-fu master is a hurtful stereotype especially if portrayed in the original manner.
The evil Fu Manchu Asian is a bad stereotype. Honestly, I prefer MCU's preference to 'whitewash' "The Mandarin" and "The Ancient One" to avoid the hurtful stereotype in both cases.
Hiro (Big Hero Six) serves as the modern Marvel / Disney Asian character to strive to be. There are plenty of good role models with a proper ethnicity (ie: Japanese). Granted, my particular ethnicity is pretty rare (Phillipeno) so I'm not really gonna be expecting a major hero to show up. FYI: Asian's don't give a shit about other 'asians'. There isn't one culture. Phillipenos are racist against Koreans, Vietnamese, and Chinese while we're talking in Tagalog.
If you REALLY
want to respect my culture, pull a Jason Bourne / Matt Daemon and use Phillipeno Martial Arts throughout a series. THAT
is how you show cultural relevance... not by randomly changing characters into Asians and/or minority figures. Its far more important to portray the culture in a realistic and
kickass way rather than to just choose a particular actor. (The rolled-up newspaper as an improvised weapon was basically straight-out of Phillipeno martial arts)
And unless some Tibetan comes in here and tells me that they would have preferred "The Ancient One" to remain the Tibetan stereotype... I'm going to have to agree with the direction of this particular film. Its bad enough that most people talk about "Asians" as if they're a generic race and/or culture. Indeed, a major culture-shock for my "Fresh off the boat" cousins is having to deal with the "Generic Asian" outlook of Americans.
You really can't just take the clothing of a particular religion, grab a few American stereotypes of Asians and dress Asians up in them... and then call it "culturally correct". IMO, its more honest to dress up white people in Asian stereotypes
, as per "The Mikado". Otherwise, I'm going to assume that those stereotypes, ESPECIALLY "The Ancient One classic" who was somewhat religious, look like Neon Genesis Evangelion to a Western Christian
. (Possibly heretical, but most likely an 'LOL, that's what they think my culture is about?')
As far as I can tell, Chinese peeps would have been pissed if there were a heroic Tibetan figure. Well, mainlanders anyway. (Some Chinese families left China during the Red Scare and might be a rebellious type... to enjoy a Tibetan figure being propped up in a major American Movie to "stick it to the man"). Phillipenos wouldn't give a shit, because we're not Tibetan... aside from the fact that people will continue to think that Philipenos are somehow "generically Asian" and should care about "generic Asian issues".
The real issues are far more complex than just "whitewashing", as far as "Asian culture" is concerned. And the director of this movie seemed adept at handling the real
issues surrounding the cultural and casual racism towards Asians. That's why I'm cool with this movie.
Tyndmyr wrote:Supes, Batman, spiderman are basically A-list. I could argue for Cap and Wolverine as well. All appear absolutely constantly, and anybody alive in the US can probably sketch out the basics of their origin story simply because they're culturally so pervasive.
If you take out spiderman, x-men, and fantastic 4 though...the MCU has been definitely focused on the people that are biggest after that.
Okay, maybe Namor should be in there too, but he's honestly thematically a discount Aquaman. Probably best to not. I'm getting sidetracked, though...if we're after diversity or what not, the Black Panther movie I expect to be pretty good...and I see no particular reason why we can't have Wasp and Black Widow as stand alone films, or as strong pairings if we're doing crossover films.
The movies haven't really invented a lot of wholly new characters, but the pool of minor characters to draw from is quite deep
Black Bolt (who has an upcoming movie) is one guy who has been missing from the MCU. "The Watcher" as well, but I'm liking his absence so far. "Guardians of the Galaxy" was like, C-list heroes however. Its like they pulled out Squirrel Girl all of a sudden.
But aside from "Guardians of the Galaxy", I agree with you. The films all seem to be roughly in order of popularity. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Capt. America... these are all characters who have made major appearances in the comics.
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