Hanzo and Genji Shimada Meta Post + E. Asian Cultural Notes
I saw a post about Japanese stoicism in relations to Hanzo, and while that’s a completely valid point to make about Hanzo and his behavior, I also want to talk about male expectations, and how men are coddled in E. Asian society.
There are a lot of expectations on men in E. Asia, this is definetely! A huge thing! And they are often discouraged from being too emotionally vulnerable and open. But this is actually an old, traditional stereotype that is slowly dismantling itself as the generations go on!
What I want to discuss is that men in E. Asia are extremely coddled. They are allowed to get away with ASTRONOMICALLY bad behavior as long as they brush up in school, get a good job, and provide for their family and elders. Hanzo and Genji are actually a great reflection of that, especially since Genji was the spoiled 2nd son who was allowed to do whatever he wanted and got away with it, which is. Pretty typical in Asia.
Hanzo had all of the expectations placed on him as the male heir. But men are allowed an inherent amount of whatever the fuck they want just bc they’re male, and this is becoming a trending issue in E. Asia, esp as women are growing financially and culturally more independent and not marrying young like they used to. A lot of families are babying their sons and allowing them to get away with so much because of a lot of cultural, economic, and social changes affecting genders norms and how the Asian nuclear family dynamic is falling apart.
To me as an E. Asian, a lot of Hanzo’s anger and guilt screams very “self-righteous, first male son” and it’s just. Baffling. That not a lot of people talk about it, esp in Western portion of fandom. Even Asian fans, but this is a culture thing tied stronger to a certain sect of native ethnic E. Asians and a percentage of first immigrants.
Hanzo has a lot of reasons to act the way he does, and his story and character is more nuanced and complex than given, but also. Blizzard didn’t mean to write such a complex story on purpose, and their depiction of the Shimadas are outdated and based on mystical stereotypes that is tiresome to see.
I read Hanzo as way more sociopathic and unable to fully comprehend the amount of damage and trauma he inflicted on Genji.
So, for all Asian society dictates you listen to your elders, but it also dictates that immediate family is important, that your sibling is important. Especially since Genji was Hanzo’s only immediate sibling.
TL;DR: OVW fandom’s treatment of Hanzo bores the fuck out of me bc they’re completely gloss over E. Asia culture and the way it affected Hanzo’s behavior and how HANZO KILLING GENJI IS ON HIM AS MUCH AS IT IS ON THE ELDERS WHO PROB MANIPULATED HIM LMAO…Listen if y'all believe that E. Asians will do anything and everything as long as their elders told them to, you’ve got another thing coming EVEN IF THEY’RE PART OF ORGANIZED CRIME LIKE M'DUDES. ???????
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