As a diasporic woman of color, there are several themes in “Avatar: the Last Airbender” that resonate strongly with me, leading me to consider how the story and its characters affirm immigrant and diasporic experiences–in other words, the inevitable upheavals of imperialism and the kinds of resilience and strength it takes to survive that. After several rewatches, I decided to write a br...
2002 to mid-2008: Origin of the Animated Series
August 2008: Casting Heroes: “Caucasian or Any Other Ethnicity”
December 2008: The Protest Gets Organized
January 2009: Extras and Villains Wanted, Seeking Actors of Color
February 2009: Advocacy Groups Become Involved
Summer 2009: Former A:TLA staff members speak out!
Fall 2009: Paramount’s film The Goods Outrages the Asian Americ...
UGO has released the first look at The Last Airbender movie’s Super Bowl ad.
The Super Bowl spot reminds us of what the movie could have meant. A large budget film portraying heroes of color in a positive light.
Instead, it shows the continuing Hollywood tradition of whitewashing – which is itself a direct descendant of practices of blackface and yellowface. The bottom-line is that...
Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
This blog highlights some research he has done with Anna Van Someren and Sangita Shresthova on fan activism and participatory culture.
Lori Kido Lopez, Vice President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans and doctoral student on this research team...
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Over the past few months, Bloomsbury has been under scrutiny for using racebending tactics for the cover images of their young adult genre novels. What blogs across the web have been discovering, this practice is not uncommon. Various other publishers make the decision to whitewash characters of colour for the cover images of teenaged- and adolescent-themed books.
Bloomsbury’s first faux p...
A new video series on how to talk about Racebending.
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The Extraordinary Measures film opened last week and film critic Roger Ebert weighs in on the casting. As it turns out, Harrison Ford’s character is based on Dr. Yuan-Tsong Chen.
In his review, Mr. Ebert writes:
Dr. Robert Stonehill doesn’t exist in real life. The Pompe cure was developed by Dr. Yuan-Tsong Chen and his colleagues while he was at Duke University. […] Harrison...
Every Monday, we’ll be spotlighting media that celebrates the contribution of diverse faces, traditions, or talents to the American cultural landscape.
In the future we’ll be letting you know about films, shows, and music that resonates with the mission of Racebending.com, with a focus on Asian American and Native American culture.
For our very first media spotlight, we look to Avat...
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