That’s the thing about these shows, tho…Ken the Eagle is supposed to be Asian, right? I’m not sure.
He is supposed to be Asian. Read up “Default person” if you wanna know why the kid got depicted White.
Hey, I Googled “Default Person Gatchaman” and didn’t come up with anything. Can anyone help point me in the right direction?
Shorthand to most whites they assume anime and comic characters are white unless “specifically made asian” while to most asians the characters are asian. Unless somehow specifically indicated to be otherwise white culture assumes everyone and everything to be white and from a generic form of white culture. An example from recently comes from Rue of The Hunger Games. In the books she is described as “dark”, but upon release of the film fans were shocked to see she was black, a distinction that means very little in the world of the books or film. Some on twitter and other places said her death was less sad because of her race or that the character didn’t make sense as a black girl. Because the white audience is used to be catered to as the only important generally “good” people and historically the only people of importance in fictional universes it is hard for audiences to visualize characters as not white. Unfortunately this affects people of color as well because we have been taught that the default is white because onlu white stories and characters seem to be promoted as popular and important. The American media complex frequently rejects stories and works by people of color and about primarily people of color because they believe they aren’t “universal”. Because they relate to whiteness and are part of the white supremacist super structure by virtue of being raised in that system they believe whiteness is a universal default state of true humanity. This isn’t always intentional by any means, but even as an unconscious action the actor is usually somewhat aware of white being the default state of “normal”. Of course when you are from another country that isn’t necessarily the case. Hence why Japanese people state that most anime characters regardless of hair or eye color are Japanese. To them blue eyes and blonde hair is the same as a creative fashion statement; it makes a character stand out from the crowd. In many cases artists depict Americans and Europeans with a very different more angular features from what I’ve observed. . However, in my experience, white fans will fight tooth and nail to say characters are white even against a creator’s explicit statement that a character is Japanese or generally Asian. An example is Sailor Moon, where creator Naoko Takeuchi has stated multiple times that Sailor Moon and Sailor Venus are Asian though she has no problem with fans depicting them or other sailor senshi as other races. To make them stand out she gave them blonde hair and blue eyes, originally every Sailor scout was going to have differently colored eyes and hair to match their sailor color, but she changed her mind. Still I regularly see people in the fandom, particularly on tumblr, asserting the Sailor Scout’s whiteness or refusing to believe they are “really” Asian even after seeing Ms. Takeuchi’s words. To them they fully embrace and love being the default. The most obvious example to me is if you look at science fiction shows with alien races you can often see that even in space the cultures and aliens tend to be white and most others only reflect asian characteristics because to this day white people are fascinated by orientalism. Let’s not even get started on how men particularly weak teenage boys watch anime and read manga and then fetishize Asian women. Look at The Sims 2 where most of the art, the furniture, and default sims came from white culture or are vaguely Chinese/Japanese oriental.
We have crayons, make up, and pastels that are “nude” but to be frank they aren’t nude. The assertion of them being “nude” is a manifestation of that default whiteness."The philosopher Lewis Gordon provides an analysis of the structural power enacted through race and gender that links the dialogue between them. Gordon points out that from a white point of view, the assumed race of the human race is white. To be non-white is to be racialized in an anti-black world. To be raceless is to be ‘pushed up toward whiteness. Gordon also notes that for centuries the Western tradition has configured the gender of the human race as male. So although power may be defined as genderless and raceless, the default values for power are male and white.
Gordon contends that a hierarchy of sexual desirability naturally follows from this view of gender and race. Given the traditional Western view of power as white and male, white women can be constructed as black by their gender. This might help to explain why pairings of white women with black men are more common than pairings of black women with white men, a phenomenon that flies in the face of early exchange theories. White women and black men are not so distant from each other in social location.”
What is just is harmful is when people assert that race does not matter and then continue perpetrating whiteness as the default. Because to me that is a blatant admission that it’s not that race doesn’t matter….non-whiteness doesn’t matter.
Discrimination by Default: How Racism Becomes Routine
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