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Old March 19 2009, 11:33 PM   #26
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Re: Joss Whedon and the blurry line between homage and appropriation

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...Unless the lack of Asian people was eventually going to be explained. Maybe there was a genocide before the exodus from Earth.
Why would the genocidal culture seek to incorporate the cultural apparatus of their victims?
I don't know, but it does happen. Ask half the communities in the American Midwest why their European-descended ancestors chose to use Native American names for their communities after exterminating them (the State of Ohio, for instance), or why English-speakers chose to keep Spanish names like "El Paso," "San Francisco," or "Los Angeles."

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I want to say that in one of the commentaries, Whedon said that, in all honesty, no Asian actors ever auditioned for them, but I'm not sure if I'm just imagining that or not.
That explanation just wouldn't fit with his portrayal of a future heavily influenced by Asian culture. If that's the future he wanted to portray, he could've ASKED agencies to send over Asian actors to audition for him.
I want to emphasis that I am not certain if he actually said that or if I only thought he did.

However, for all I know, it's possible that they did send Asian actors over and he and the other producers felt that none of them were right for the parts. It's also possible that they simply engaged in color-blind casting and found there weren't enough Asian actors to use. I don't know.
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