Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin: Analysis
Throughout the Legend of Korra, the myth of the “idealized family” is challenged and torn-down, from Hiroshi secretly working with the Equalists, to the Beifong’s exceedingly complicated dynamics. Yet Katara and Aang’s rather traditional, nuclear family particularly stands out. Going into the series, I think it wouldn’t have been shocking for anyone to say “Toph would be a really weird mother.” But Aang and Katara felt like two characters who could develop into pretty great parents. Learning that things were less than rosey for their children was jarring. This is an attempt to unpack and explore the sibling dynamics of Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin. For the purposes of this essay, I’ll be referring to their family as “The Kataangs” (why can’t more people have last names). I felt it would constructive to divide this essay by the individuals. For the purposes of our understanding, in Books 2 and 3, when these guys mostly interact, Tenzin is 52, and based on semi-canonical sources, that puts Kya at 55/56 and Bumi at 62.