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2009-01-18 01:53 am (UTC)
I don't watch Fullmetal Alchemist so I can't talk to that, but with Narnia and Middle Earth, those were fantasy worlds based on European myths created by Europeans. This is a fantasy world based on Inuit and Asian cultures created by Anglo-Americans. The very fact that they're trying to cast Asia
a fantasy world, or vice versa, is regressive and culturally insensitive, no matter how much "authenticity" they attempt to add. I'm not saying it's inherently wrong for white people to be interested in Asian cultures, but here their interest in Asia manifests itself as the fantasy itself, which smacks of old-fashioned orientalism; it blatantly places Asia in a world of exoticism and magic.
It's not the hypothetical "white people in the Avatar universe" that I'm claiming are hijacking Asian cultures, but the white creators of that universe.
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