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Mulan, the hero of China, and white male centrality

Mulan, the hero of China, and white male centrality

Today AngryAsianMan posted An Open Letter to the Creators of Disney’s Live-Action Feature Film ‘The Legend of Mulan’ from an anonymous reader concerned about the direction the of the live action Mulan movie currently being produced by Disney. The writer of the letter had read through The Legend of Mulan spec script by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin and was “deeply dist...
Super Asian America! at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Super Asian America! at San Diego Comic-Con 2015

On July 12th, 2015, Racebending.com hosted our 5th annual panel at San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s panel was a huge hit, featuring some of today’s most talented creators and performers in popular culture! Check out our sizzle reel, full panel video, transcript, and highlights below! SUPER ASIAN AMERICA! Whether on screen, on the page, behind the scenes, or on the web, this panel mode...
In Support of a Newt of Color: Diversity in the Wizarding World

In Support of a Newt of Color: Diversity in the Wizarding World

Who will play Newton Scamander? The most recent rumors suggest that Doctor Who star Matt Smith is Warner Bros’ top pick for the role.  Plenty of Harry Potter fan sites—MuggleNet included—have speculated on the young actor who would end up taking the role of the wizard zoologist living in New York in the 1920s.  One common thread?   Nearly all of the proposed potential actors have been wh...
DreamWorks will whitewash “Ghost in the Shell” remake

DreamWorks will whitewash “Ghost in the Shell” remake

DreamWorks has cast Scarlett Johansson in their adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. The franchise originates from Japan where the protagonist is Motoko Kusanagi, a Japanese cyborg. This casting is significant because we’re seeing Hollywood continue the trend of whitewashing roles from source material that features Asian leads–all while failing to provide roles for Asian American actors. ...
Sleepy Hollow sparks fan discussions on diversity in the media

Sleepy Hollow sparks fan discussions on diversity in the media

Television series Sleepy Hollow was Fall 2013’s breakout hit for Fox Television. The second season of the quirky, time-traveling, fantasy-horror series premieres on Monday, September 22nd 2014. Racebending.com interviewed the producers and cast of Sleepy Hollow as part of a promotional press line at San Diego ComicCon. The plot in a nutshell: Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is a small to...
Modern Hollywood and the Ancient East

Modern Hollywood and the Ancient East

The 1001 Arabian Nights. The Biblical flood and the family that repopulated the world. The Jewish exodus out of Ancient Egypt. The story of Jesus of Nazareth. The Ancient Egyptian gods Horus, Ra, and Set… These movie concepts, in development for 2014 and 2015 releases, are based on stories and histories from the Eurocentric concept of the “East” that have captured the Euroc...
Avatar: The Last Airbender  – The Search ties up a loose end and raises an interesting question

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search ties up a loose end and raises an interesting question

Warning: This review contains major spoilers for the Avatar: The Last Airbender series and massive spoilers for The Search. If you have yet to read all three issues of The Search by Gene Yang, keep reading at your own risk. When the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender came to an end in 2007, fans were left with a tantalizing cliffhanger–what happened to Prince Zuko’s mother...
Adam WarRock debuts his “Avatar: The Last Airbender” themed EP!

Adam WarRock debuts his “Avatar: The Last Airbender” themed EP!

Eugene Ahn is an Asian American lawyer-turned-hip-hop artist. Since he quit his job in 2010, he’s released a ton of free geeky music online using the moniker Adam WarRock.  Today he is launching his newest EP, Sozin’s Comet, based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series! Secret tunnels, Sokka styles, and yip yips for everyone! image: the cover to the Sozin’s Comet...
Interview with “Miranda Mercury” author Brandon Thomas

Interview with “Miranda Mercury” author Brandon Thomas

She’s the greatest adventurer in this, or any other galaxy, the kind of old-fashioned, classic science-fiction heroine that can successfully defeat The Time Raiders of Xaxium, brave the wonders of The Glass Planet, survive The Perils of Yor, and battle The Infinity Class to a veritable standstill! All while facing the one enemy that perhaps even she cannot defeat, a microscopic poison rushin...
“The Crow” Reboot Should Extend Opportunities

“The Crow” Reboot Should Extend Opportunities

Relativity Media is remaking the cult classic film The Crow (1994). Although this iconic story is being brought back to the silver screen, the breakthrough progress made by The Crow in terms of minority representation will not be brought back. Brandon Lee plays The Crow in the 1994 film. As part of development for the film, the studio appears to be throwing upcoming (affordable) young white male...
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