IMHO you can't appropriate a culture that's been put up for sale.
When a culture has been canned, commercialized and exported for sale abroad for decades, there's nothing to appropriate.
I think the criticism of appropriation is somewhat valid if you start taking some third world culture's folk music and then record it with white artists and try to copyright it and make millions off of it and never pay a cent to the original artists. But Japan and Bollywood for another example, they've marketed their cultures and I think the whole appropriation criticism is bull.
Try telling it to the writer of the piece, and she'll cut your tounge out verbally-these young people NEVER listen or understand, or do a general look-around.
I think Whedon has "appropriated" feminism and used a cheap version of it to offset his fetishes and soft core porn fantasies he keeps writing into his stories.
What fetish has he used? None that I
can see; he hasen't even engaged in a foot fetish like Quentin Tarantino does in his movies, save for issue #7 of the Buffy
comic book and an epsiode of Firefly
. And soft core porno insinuations are a little off-base.
Acting isn't exactly a particularly encouraged profession amongst the Asian-American population in my experience. Out of the dozen or so shows I've done, I've encountered 2 east-Asian actors, including at the auditions. If they're casting for the best actors without going out of their way to find Asians specifically, then it really isn't surprising to have a cast with so few Asians in it.
Casting call, anyone? Those are not hard to do; all you have to do is put an ad in the paper, and repeat as many times as nesscary.