The Last Airbender (2010): Salon.com correction

The Last Airbender (Salon.com)

The following email was sent to: readermail@salon.com

Dear Sir,
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 present text reads:

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.

Source:

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].

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