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Dear Sir,The information found here: http://www.salon.com/2012/05/14/whitewashing_a_history/slide_show/19 is incorrect.The link states: “The only central character to be portrayed as the same ethnicity as the cartoon was the film’s villain, Prince Zuko, played by the British-Indian Dev Patel.” Rather, Zuko is Chinese unless India has some dragon dance that I am unfamiliar with. The only Indian was an elderly mystic.
The only central character to be portrayed by somebody of Asian descent was the film’s villain, Prince Zuko, played by the British-Indian Dev Patel.
Thanks to Salon.com for their correction though one can argue that Indians are Afro-Caucasians and not Asians per se. I’m still trying to make sense of the logic that uses Indians and a Kiwi Māori (possibly European ancestry also?) to play Persians. Seems like director M. Night Shyamalan wanted some Indian affirmative action at the expense of East Asians.
Mandvi, Aasif. 2012. Whitewashing, a history: From “Tiffany’s” to “Khan,” we look at Hollywood’s illustrious tradition of casting white actors in non-white roles. http://www.salon.com/2012/05/14/whitewashing_a_history/slide_show/19 [accessed: 2012-05-15].