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June 20 2015

Anonymous said: i thought the fire nation somewhat were white people?

element-of-change:

dear anon,

I can see why you might think this given these kinds of complexions:

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are the ones we see for the most important/main characters of Fire Nation descent

but don’t let the paleness fool you, especially when Airbenders and Earthbenders can be just as pale

every cultural detail we observe for the Fire Nation departs from an Asian or non-white point of origin

and let me clarify that by saying:

every cultural detail we observe within the Avatar universe departs from an Asian or non-white point of origin.

are there twentieth-century “Western” influences such as jazz and art deco in Korra, yes definitely, but they are translated through the Asian or Northern American Indian culture that grounds the fictional universe and has grounded the fictional universe since its inception

anyway, while the Earth Kingdom more obviously represents China, with a mix of Korean and Mongolian cultures, the Fire Nation seems to be a more ambiguous mix

most people leap to say the Fire Nation represents Japanese culture, and in a way it most certainly does, but there’s more to it

Though you can chose fashion, cuisine, musical instruments, calligraphy, or any other number of material cultures as examples, I think architecture best illustrates the kind of cultural influence that went into the crafting of this fictional culture…

so you have obviously Japanese architecture:

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The Fire Sage Temple on The Crescent Island, for instance

or both the old and new Fire Nation Royal Palaces:

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the stacked look of the different floors, the ornamentation at the corners…it recalls Japanese temple architecture from several different periods

the nobility seem to build their mansions in a similar style, as we see with Master Piandao:

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as you can see with this second example, Piandao has a Japanese style garden, complete with a Fire Nation-stylized torii gate, a bamboo forest, a rock garden, etcetera

yet that’s not where things end! The Fire Nation has several ancient cultures embedded within the mainstream Japanese-inspired culture of the larger islands

akin to Japan, it is an archipelago

again, akin to Japan, there are many peoples and cultures inhabiting the different islands

for instance, the older Fire Sage style seems more akin to South East Asian architecture, perhaps inspired by the pagoda of Thailand or Burma:

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it’s no mistake the statue in the background there resembles a Buddha which Thai and Burmese practitioners of Buddhism cover with small leaves of real gold

diversity in the Fire Nation doesn’t end here, however!

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remember the Sun Warriors? The first Firebenders to live in peace with nature and the Dragons? The ones who first learned the forms of Firebending from the Dragons?

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their people and garb and architecture were inspired by ancient Southern Native American cultures, such as the Aztec or Maya

Obviously, whichever Fire Nation culture you observe, and from whichever perspective you approach it, you will see that there is nothing “white” or “European” about the Fire Nation cultures!

You will find this for every culture introduced in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Again, every point of departure for the cultural influence in this universe is non-white.

While the process of modernization that took place in order to make The Legend of Korra recognizably analogous to the ‘20’s culture of our world - which was dominated by Western, global, hegemonic popular culture - certainly incorporates a fair share of Western cultural practices, these practices are steeped within the pervasive Asian/non-white cultural background established in the original series. Hence, we hear jazz licks and upbeat swing articulated onerhu and other East Asian instruments, we see skyscrapers topped with temple-style architecture and Satomobiles with windows that appear like Japanese shoji.

one last bit: it’s important to recall that with the origin story of Avatar Wan we discover all human cultures in this world derived from the same place:

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though there were dozens of Lion Turtles, each guarding a different people with different customs, this foundation could not be more evidently Asian in its mythos

all Avatar cultures developed from this starting point, the human world carried atop the shell of a giant turtle, the World Turtle or Cosmic Turtle which is a myth in India, China, and certain Native North American Indian cultures.

in short, this show did its homework too many times to count. oh and none of the cultural influence is white.

Make.

No.

Mistake.

October 17 2014

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upworthy:

This Mom Was Tired Of Princesses. So She Did Something About It.

Professor Setsu Shigematsu found her efforts at limiting her daughter's exposure to princess culture ineffective. When she refused to buy princess dolls for her then-3-year-old, they only became more desirable. Rather than trying to enforce an impossible ban, she decided to write her own princess story.

That one story has grown into a whole series about princesses who get out there and solve problems, rather than waiting for a guy to save them. I think we can all agree that Prince Charming and his white horse haven't done much for us lately. Time to give the Guardian Princess Alliance a chance?

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poodlepants:

The princess industry is lucrative: DVDs, dresses, crowns, theme parties. But the story of going to the ball and waiting for Prince Charming is outdated.

So one Southern California mom has created a new princess series with modern sensibilities. Creator Setsu Shigematsu recasts princesses as environmentally conscious and not waiting around to be rescued.

At the heart of her series, The Guardian Princess Alliance, is what animates any fairy tale: simple storytelling.

"Once upon a time, there was a princess named Vinnea," begins the first book, Princess Vinea and the Gulavores. Vinnea, a member of a collective of diverse heroines more active than their traditional counterparts, is of African descent and is the guardian of plant life.

She protects the kingdom from unwholesome food grown by magic instead of nature.

Shigematsu, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside, thought the typical fairy tale needed an overhaul.

"For my daughter’s 5th birthday, I decided to write an alternative princess story," Shigematsu says. "The kids really enjoyed it. But what was really surprising was the way the parents responded."

Parents told her she should publish, she said. Avoiding the years-long process of going through a major firm, Shigematsu is self-publishing the initial run of books, available in January.

Role Models For Independence, Still With Nice Dresses

A pair of 6-year-old fairy tale experts, Saya and Ivana, joined Shigematsu at her home recently for an informal reading. When asked to describe princesses, the girls name the typical accessories.

"I think of princesses that have long hair," Ivana says. "They have pretty shoes."

"I think of princesses who have colorful dresses," Saya says.

But Risti Marco, Ivana’s mom, says the Guardian Princesses provide better role models for her daughter than the traditional version.

"The Guardian Princesses, they are more like, go there and do it for yourself," Marco says. "You can do anything you put your mind into it. You don’t have to wait for anybody. You can work together with Prince Charming and do stuff for the world, but you don’t have to sit there and wait for him to rescue you."

Princess vinnea, guardian of plant life (left) and princess terra, protector of the land, examine one of many "gulavores" plaguing the land of hortensis in the children's book princess vinnea and the gulavores

Common Core, A Key Selling Point

While the books are already taking on a serious challenge — overhauling the princess archetype — Shigematsu says they’re also written to align with Common Core, the educational standards adopted by 45 states.

"This shift that’s happening across public education, with the Common Core standards, is to go beyond rote memory," she says. "So we’re designing our books to be fun and visually appealing, but beyond that we want our books to teach important moral and ethical principles. There are the Common Core language standards, but the environmental theme will also help connect our books with the sciences."

Gay Kolodzik, owner of the Frugal Frigate Children’s Bookstore in Redlands, Calif., says for those in the world of children’s literature, a Common Core designation is a pretty big deal.

"When I read all the publisher’s magazines that I read every day, if they say, ‘Meets Common Core,’ instantly I go right to it and look through it and see if it’s something that suits the store and suits the people that shop here," Kolokzik says. "It gets my attention quickly."

The Guardian Princesses face no evil stepmothers or dangerous spinning wheels. Instead, Vinnea leads a life of social activism against unnaturally modified foods.

"These fruits and vegetables are not natural," Vinnea accuses a villainous gulavore in the book. "They contain a dangerous chemical, admit it … Dolo, you’ve ruined our garden in order to feed the people this unhealthy food."

Glass slippers might be impractical for getting the job done, but just because she’s working hard doesn’t mean Princess Vinnea can’t wear shoes that are practical AND pretty.

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October 01 2014

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gingerblivet:

molecularlifesciences:

angelicinnovator:

Biologists are jerks.

Our sense of humor is infectious. 

This needs to go viral.

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July 15 2014

Describe your country in terms of social-cultural.‎

They mostly use social networks like twitter, instagram, ask.fm and path (aside from facebook which they tend to use less cuz they just connect fb to their other social networks). These people, mostly the young ones from 15-30 yr olds, like posting selfies and pictures of food the most and can easily start flame wars. Come on, we're talking teenagers & twenteenagers who are too lazy to research everything they blurt out n have sensitive little hearts here.

May 30 2014

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asapscience:

"Culture"-ally stimulating art. Even mold can be beautiful… 

by microbiologist Antoine Bridier-Nahmias

via Magical Contamination 

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August 30 2013

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▶ Are You A Hipster? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios
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June 08 2013

thatsridicarus
It's feminism, yo, so don't ever bring racism into it :D we ALL can do it!
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May 23 2013

thatsridicarus

wiigipedia:

J-Pop America Fun Time Now!

I swear I've seen this before and the whole duration of the video, all I can do is facepalm.

The fifth gif: Exactly.

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May 04 2013

thatsridicarus
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(Video Lucu) Sekolah Unik : "Budi dalam Berbagai Bahasa"
DEM ACCENTS OH MY

December 12 2011

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Halloween Costumes – Pop Culture Favorites
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December 04 2011

thatsridicarus
Trufax cuz I like Hetalia for the comedy & slight history lessons, NOT THE PORN.
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