ethnic representation

Something cringey I’ve noticed while re-watching my favorite sitcoms is the “other-ization” of minorities by simply using their ethnicity as a modifier. “It must’ve been that Indian food; oh it was the weird Korean place; oh it’s the weird Chinese brand.”

I think it can be totally cool to embrace and poke fun at relatable things about our myriad of cultures. But if the joke is just “say an ethnic name and that’s the joke,” that’s a cheap stab at the exotic and scary stereotype of “the other.”

I’ve seen this ethnic other-ized punchline in nearly every sitcom: Parks & Rec, Friends, Seinfeld, Brooklyn 99, The Office, Arrested Development. I love many of these sitcoms—but I cringe at the sudden exclusionary humor, especially about “weird Asian stuff.”

Asian punchline humor always has been low-hanging fruit and easy-mode for “comedy” writers because it will never see protest and seems harmless. Too many Asian-Americans follow along, just happy for the representation at all, and always in fear of looking like “we’re not team players.”

The next time you watch any sitcom, be on the look-out for random Asian/foreigner/exotic punchline. Sometimes it really is funny and I laugh too. But it’s also lazy writing, alienating, and reminds me as an Asian-American that I will always be seen as a second class invisible non-being.

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The Statement Reads as Follows:

“I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” Skrein explained in his statement. “There has been intense conversation and understandable upset since that announcement, and I must do what I feel is right.”

“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. There I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.”

“Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”

"I am sad to leave Hellboy but if this decision brings us closer to that day, it is worth it. I hope it makes a difference.”

“With love and hope,”

“Ed Skrein”

This not only shows that actors have a say in what roles they take, but also that what they do in such situations showcases their true integrity.

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youtubers reactions to the ethnic representation in B.A.P’s WAKE ME UP
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Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.

Billy Kaplan struggles with his Kippah either because his hair’s a mess or because it messes up his hair gel

Billy Kaplan celebrating Jewish holidays not shared with the majority of the USA and having people raise brows when he misses school or work when they don’t (or shows up to superheroing but late - because you tell his grandfather he needs to get up right in the middle of Passover eve)

Billy Kaplan with very mixed emotions whenever Israel is mentioned in the news or debates and who has relatives there

Billy Kaplan and Teddy Altman debating over whether or not Billy is allowed to kiss Teddy shortly after Teddy ate ham

Billy Kaplan managing to avoid consuming bacon despite months spent next to Loki

Billy Kaplan and Teddy Altman talking seriously about the possibility of Teddy converting to Judaism even if he doesn’t, and either way Billy teaches Teddy about customs and traditions as Teddy does live in a Jewish household

Billy Kaplan with snarky Yiddish and Hebrew swears

Billy Kaplan with Stars of David in his spells over pentagrams

Give me Billy Kaplan whose Jewish identity is more than just a snide remark in regards to his codename and a surname not everyone realizes is an indication of his ethno-religious attribution

hollywoodreporter.com
Ed Skrein Exits 'Hellboy' Reboot After Whitewashing Outcry
"Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family," the actor wrote in a statement one week after he joined the film.

“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. There I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately. Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family. It is our responsibility to make more decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity. It is my hope that one day these discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the Arts a reality.”

I’m genuinely baffled that people are surprised by Welcome to Nightvale being pro-Nazi punching. Like, even if you somehow ignore the overall ethnic and LGBT representation in the show and the backgrounds of the actors (neo-Futurists, Dylan Marron’s of ESW) there was literally a plotline about a hostile fascist takeover by a corporation and its media mouthpiece, and it ended in successful revolt after constant resistance.

“As a Nigerian, I’m honestly kind of offended when people say Nala or Kiara counts as an African Disney Princess. Like, just no. I somewhat understand the reasoning–both heroines are African-born royalty–but the bottom line is that they are animals. Animals don’t count as ethnic/racial representation. I don’t understand the Disney Fandom sometimes”

consider: racebending characters of color is bad and you shouldn’t do it! its not hard to understand that characters of color are already representing a certain ethnicity and taking that representation away is damaging because you’re saying “oh it’d be better if this character was THIS instead of THAT” and it is inherently racist.

and i have to say, even if you’re racenebdning white characters; be very careful. You don’t want to take a character like, say, Junkrat, and turn him into a brown man. Think for a second why that would be a bad idea (Bomb obsessed brown man? Smells like terrorism!).

Reasons for Billy Batson to be an ethnic and or religious minority

Okay starting with reasons for him to be an ethnic minority
- [ ] Representation can mean everything to a child
- [ ] The culture shock aspect of a little POC boy afraid to go out on the street to being a celebrated hero
- [ ] Chance to explain a non dominant culture in a way that will reach out to more people
- [ ] Captain Marvel would be so much more understanding to the POC children he runs into, and would be less likely to be accidentally racist towards them.
- [ ] The white hero (Marvel form) telling another white hero off for accidental racism
- [ ] Please
Reasons for reasons for a religious minority Billy Batson:
- [ ] Representation is important okay?
- [ ] I cried the last time someone who wasn’t a member of my Faith mentioned my Faith in a public thing, which was a thing about religious diversity
- [ ] Really cool quotes
- [ ] “Um, violence is against my religion, but protecting people is my religious and heroic duty, what do I, Captain Marvel, do about this?”
- [ ] Captain Marvel going to a holy day
- [ ] “But-but- it’s the [insert name of a time of fasting here]!”
- [ ] “Oh come on, everyone celebrates Christmas!” “I-uh-I don’t, actually? Stop staring guys! I’m not Christian okay? We have people who worship the Greek and roman pantheons here, it’s not that unbelievable!”
- [ ] A whole ark devoted to him questioning his Faith after receiving the powers of gods he doesn’t believe in
- [ ] I JUST WANT SOMEONE TO BE ACTIVELY NOT CRISTIAN AND PRACTICING THEIR BELIEFS OKAY?
- [ ] Please, I am begging you let me be able to relate to this boy wanting to do his daily prayers but never having time
- [ ] Not everyone is Christian, please! Even actively Atheist, please, something other than Christian confirmed!
- [ ] D.C. Has racebent before, religion bending shouldn’t be that hard!
- [ ] Let this boy be not-white and not-Christian. Please
- [ ] I have never seen my religion mentioned in anything I love I will cry for weeks with pure joy if D.C. Does this.

feanorrrwashere  asked:

Hi there, would you mind explain why you consider cc and tmi books problematic? I mean they are a somehow flat especially compare to tid/tda but I don’t think i would called them problematic. As for Claire I have hear people to complain about her in the past but always judging by her books I can’t see why. Now this not to say you are wrong or anything like that. I’m just curious on the matter.

Hi! First I’d like to thank you for being so polite in your ask! I know a lot of CC and TMI fans, even casual fans, can be very rude about anyone who views CC or TMI negatively.

So, I’ll start with the analytical book stuff and then go on to the author gossip so that you can have some legit criticism and then read the gossip-y stuff if you’d like and I’ll even direct you to some posts that explain certain things in better details and offer sources so that it doesn’t seem like I’m just offering a bunch of baseless rumors. Also, be warned, I write long analytical posts as I have no chill lol so this post is going to be rather long even though I’ll try to cut to the chase.

The Mortal Instruments books aren’t the best books I’ve ever read, not even by a long shot, but the plot itself isn’t problematic. While I don’t like how the books come off more as a series of events strung together by a halfhearted central plot with rather bland and one-dimensional characters, it’s not those things that make the books problematic but rather the characters and the way Clare handles them.

Let’s start with Clary since she’s the main character. She’s rather bland and just really whiny (not a character I disliked or liked, she kind of feels…there) but what makes her problematic is just how she seems to hate all female characters that are prettier than her and could be possible love-interests for Jace. The books give her a weird relationship with Izzy but it’s nowhere near a friendship. She’ll spend so much time kind of side-eyeing Izzy and judging Izzy for how she dresses and basically slut-shaming Izzy and it’s not even because Clary doesn’t like girls that dress like that and sleep around but rather just because she believes that Izzy is a main contender in the competition of winning over Jace. One thing I don’t like that Clare did was play on that stupid trope of girls only seeing each other as competition for a guy (we even see a bit of that in TID with Tessa immediately viewing Jessie as competition for Will but, thankfully, moving past that quickly as she understands that Jessie has no interest in either Will or Jem for that matter). I also really disliked that Clary uses Simon during that godforsaken faux incest plot just to make Jace jealous (which is so wrong on so many levels, but I’ll get to the incest later). Clary also used Alec’s sexuality as leverage against him which is so wrong (Alec’s reaction to Clary realizing his sexuality wasn’t great either).

I think Clare just doesn’t know how to make good female characters in the first place as she makes Izzy super bad too. She’s written as a character that’s supposed to be a slut in no uncertain terms, and that’s just so bad. It’s not like Clare even tries to make it so that Izzy is super comfortable in her body and everyone accepts her because the way she dresses doesn’t make for her intelligence and her ability to fight (which we all know she’s good at). Clare just makes Izzy a pretty face with nothing but boys and how to dress provocatively on her mind, which I don’t think is necessarily bad, if it weren’t for the fact that Clare makes those things out to be bad. I absolutely adore female characters that love dressing up and love constantly dating and don’t care much for fighting if they’re properly developed because I’m so tired of the “I hate dresses and makeup and I’m not like other girls, I’m one of the guys” female characters that are just so annoying at this point. Clare just acts like being feminine and being comfortable in your body are such bad things when that’s not supposed to be true at all. And Izzy really isn’t even there as an actual main character but rather to make Clary seem like the better of the two girls because she’s not what Izzy supposedly represents (femininity and sexuality) and eventually only there as Simon’s love interest (so to further a male character’s love story).

So, as of now, Clare really isn’t seeming like the feminist she claims she is as she not only poorly represents her female characters, she uses them to further male story-lines and there is a huge difference in the female to male ratio in the series (the story is honestly so male-dominated and there’s no balance in female and male characters whatsoever, e are about three main female characters with a dozen of main male characters).

Jace really isn’t problematic in his characterization like Clary or in what he does aside from the faux incest subplot. He’s definitely unlikable and a total Bad Boy trope with untapped potential for being an amazing multi-dimensional character and has an unnecessarily complicated backstory but that’s not really bad outside of writing-wise. So, because I really don’t want to push it off anymore, I’m going to talk about the incest subplot. First of all, incest should very much not be used as some sort of obstacle a couple has to go through to prove their love for each other or whatever. Anything else would have been better, even having Izzy as a legitimate love interest for Jace would have been better. I found it just so uncomfortable having to read through that Seelie Court scene. And the fact that Jace and Clary continued to have feelings for each other and didn’t even try to squash their feelings down and try to see each other as full-blooded siblings just made it all worse. I was so relieved when Valentine admitted that he pretended to be Jace’s father (again, the unnecessarily complicated backstory)…then almost threw up when Sebastian came in and showed romantic interest in his own sister. I understand that Sebastian is supposed to be creepy and unlikable, but, damn, Clare could have done without the incest subplot. It makes it all more irksome that Sebastian is very aware that Clary is his full-blooded sister and yet he still somehow can’t control his feelings for her? The only time I want to see any incest in any form is in an episode of Law & Order: SVU where the main detectives spend the entire episode denouncing incest and calling it wrong in every aspect.

One of the bigger problems I had in the series was Alec. So that you know, I do not like Alec at all, and don’t care for him. Just because Matthew Daddario plays him in the show doesn’t mean I suddenly like show!Alec over book!Alec (although show!Alec has some redeemable traits). I don’t like him at all, period. That way you know that my criticism about Alec isn’t because “Well show!Alec is better and book!Alec this and that, and Matthew plays him which makes him so much better” as I’ve seen a lot of people do. Matthew seems like a kind and likable dude, but I cannot just get behind Alec at all. Aside from being such a stoic and bland character (I don’t really do serious characters, they’re not very fun and they remain rather static throughout stories which is boring), Alec is such a gross character and such a poor excuse for homosexual representation. I think it’s so sad that Clare made her only gay (male homosexual, I only specify since gay is used as a blanket term a lot of the times) character so unlikable and very biphobic. Not only does Alec threaten bodily harm to Clary so that she doesn’t reveal his sexuality (which is a huge no-no, that’s a terrible way to handle a closeted character’s anxiety over coming out), when Alec’s sexuality is finally revealed, it’s in Simon’s point of view which is just so…ugh. Alec is such a huge slut-shamer too; he’s right on par with Clary. He spends so much time egging Magnus about his past relationships and acting like Magnus, a hundred-something years old man, would never have had any relationship before Alec at all. What makes Alec’s slut-shaming so much worse is that it always points back to Magnus’s bisexuality. As a bisexual myself, I hate seeing people slut-shaming us bisexuals (when we’re not being out right ignored, that is) because we go both ways. It’s as if a heterosexual or homosexual isn’t as likely to cheat or be sexually promiscuous at all. It’s just so gross and uncomfortable and what made me absolutely despise Alec. And anyone, even a bisexual, who supports Alec’s biphobia because it’s “realistic” should remember that the Shadowhunter world is full of angels, demons, werewolves, vampires, and magical objects with few poc and lgbt+ characters; CC is far from realism at this point, she could have done without the biphobia.

Magnus isn’t perfect either as he’s so unnecessarily rude to Alec for not coming out quickly and basically attacking Alec for not admitting his sexuality to everyone. You’d think that Magnus, a bisexual man born in the nineteenth century, would understand that it would be difficult for Alec to come out as gay and that he should be so supportive of Alec and help him through it.

Racial/ethnic and sexual representation is at such a minimum and Clare just doesn’t seem to know how to handle her poc and lgbt+ characters properly at all. We have only four lgbt+ characters, one of which is biphobic (Alec), two whom are super minor and there to further other characters’ stories (Magnus and Aline), and one who doesn’t even appear much in general (Helen) and the only two lgbt+ relationships in the entire TMI series seem to have to go through so many obstacles that either the heterosexual relationships don’t have to go through or if they’re in a similar circumstance is easily resolved (like the immortality question for Malec is somehow unable to be resolved and actually made more difficult while Sizzy resolve the immortality question so quickly and easily). And as far as I can remember, most of the TMI characters are very white. The only non-white/ethnic representation we get are Simon (Jewish), Maia (biracial, black and white I believe), Aline (Chinese, if I remember correctly), Magnus (biracial, Indonesian and Dutch), and Jordan (ethnically and racially ambiguous). That’s five characters that I can remember from a very, very long list of characters. So, Clare isn’t much of a good white ally either.

Those are just some of my main problems with The Mortal Instruments books that I feel make them problematic. I know some people can pull out a lot more things I forgot as it’s been a while since I even touched those books. I understand that those books were her first ones to be published and writing changes (as seen in her other series), but Cassandra Clare as a person really does not seem to change.

I’m not as well versed in the problems with Cassandra Clare so I’ll link you to a couple of posts as I give my brief points that explain everything better and give sources (because in situations like these, sources are necessary so that you don’t come off as some Gossip Girl).

So, for Cassandra Clare, you’ll have to bare with me as she’s done a good amount of things that even I can’t keep straight and I’ll definitely miss out on some stuff.

  • She has a history of cyberbullying fans and continues to do so (x)
  • She tried to scam the fandom in something that’s called LaptopGate (x)
  • She plagiarized the hell out of other authors’ works and she won’t apologize for it and won’t even admit it (x)(x)
  • She seems to have a need for taking down anyone who tries point out her plagiarism/any problematic content her books have and then cries anti-bullying because she got hurt (x)
  • She’s was and still is hateful of the show (x)(x)(x)
  • She basically told a fan asking for positive Muslim representation that it won’t happen (x)
  • She claims that people dislike her because she’s a woman (x)
  • She claims that the reason why she couldn’t include much Malec (or LGBT+ rep in general) was because her publishing company was conservative which is a bald-faced lie (x)(x)
  • She tweeted about Magnus currently identifying as bisexual even though she headcanons him pansexual because he would date someone nonbinary which just goes to show her ignorance about sexuality (x)

I really recommend you go through the anti CC tag. There will definitely be a lot of negative things said as many people are angry at CC but you’ll get a better understanding as to why people are mad and believe CC and TMI are problematic.

Just for the record, I will say that I am a fan of the books Clare writes. I really enjoyed The Infernal Devices (although I had a few problems with the series but most of them being plot-wise and not liking a few characters) and I’ve heard better things about The Dark Artifices (I’ve also heard it’s got a few problems with its representation but that it’s a step up from The Mortal Instruments). While I don’t agree with and dislike a lot of the things she’s done and written, I think the books are wonderful. I believe that it’s absolutely possible to enjoy a book or television series or movie or whatever and acknowledge that it’s problematic. And I will also say that while I like Shadowhunters better than The Mortal Instruments books, I don’t think that the show is flawless and free of problems. It’s still rather problematic with it’s use of stereotypes, whitewashing/scooting around the ethnicity of certain characters played by pocs (the Lightwood and Lewis families), sidelining of pocs, inherent homophobia (basically queerbaited with Malec and didn’t even show tons of scenes that would have been shown for a straight couple), and a few other problems. But the show is definitely a step up from the books. They really change a lot of things that just didn’t sit well with not only myself but a lot of the book readers and they also fix a ton of plot holes that were in the books.

Anyway, I digress. I really hope that you see this as actual criticism and not me just hating for the sake of hating. You can totally disagree with some of the things that I mentioned and view things differently than I do as that’s your right. But, anyway, I hope this explained things well!

Like honestly I think Lammily and tree change dolls ruined the doll industry rn in how all playline dolls are lifeless and bland looking and wonky as fuck while the efforts of black created doll lines like Mixies/Prettie Girls/Fresh Dolls deserve way more credit for expanding the diversity in ethnic representation for dolls

honestly though @ all major US TV networks and film makers, please look at the way audiences attach themselves instantly to smaller shows or films that give them representation and turn them into hits that people weren’t expecting. look at how quickly people have supported Eyewitness, look at how much support Shadowhunters has, look at the hype surrounding Moonlight, look how much people got behind The Fosters. people want to see themselves in the media they watch, stop ignoring such large portions of your audience.

Support "The Real O'Neals."

This is the first prime time COMEDY I can think of in which the main character is a gay teenager.

I’m stressing the word “comedy” because most media combinations of “gay” and “teens” are depressing dramas about coming out. This, however, is not a sob story. It taps into the emotion of coming out and the want for familial acceptance through humor.

It’s definitely not the first comedy with a gay lead; we had “Will and Grace” and “Ellen.” Unlike those characters, however, the lead of “O'Neals” is not a fully grown adult, but a teenager in high school. Furthermore, unlike “Glee,” the gay character isn’t just a supporting role or a subplot, but the protagonist and the narrator.

I wish this show was around when I was coming out as a teenager. It would’ve given me someone to look up to, to identify with. Think of all the gay teenagers this show can inspire.

Better yet, the actor who plays the lead is gay in real life and–thankfully–not just some heterosexual actor in a homosexual role.

Is it a perfect show? No, it’s still trying to find its specific humor, but that’s normal for a new show.

Also, it’s an interesting form of ethnic and religious representation. They’re not the traditional WASP family featured in most sitcoms. The show is very much about their American Irish-Catholic culture and traditions, and how real world scenarios challenge their cultural and religious ideals, thus providing the show with an interesting and unique spin to work off of.

Honestly, give it a chance and support it. For a show primarily about a gay character to be on Disney owned ABC at prime time: that’s a big deal and definitely a triumph in its own respect.

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Recently finished The Enemy series by Charlie Higson, which I have been reading for years. I loved it!

Here is sketchdump of the main characters / characters that have marked me in the story. Had to get it out of my system.

(Spoilers?)
bonus Achilleus + Will because nothing makes me happier than having badass LGBT characters in media targeted to a younger audience.

My favourite characters have to be Jordan Horden, Achilleus and Shadowman.

Seriously, these books have amazing representation, from ethnicities to physical and mental disabilities. The main message I picked up from the books is that no matter who you are and what quirks and issues you possess, your differences are enriching and indispensable to everyone. <3 highly recommend.

Also if you love books where all the adults turn to zombies and try to eat children then this is for you.

anonymous asked:

*Sigh* yeah she uses expressions in spanish but what I meant was that if she had some latin heritage from the dimension she comes from..? I didn't want to be rude or anything

*sighs harder*

Okay, darling, I took my time to answer this because I really wanna tackle a couple things here.

First of all, and foremost, to me, your asks sound like you’re trying to erase America’s Latina culture because of her other-worldly heritage. This is wrong for a number of reasons, mostly because you would be ruining an awesome example of representation many Latinxs identify with and probably giving a chance to many racists people to clear their conscience when they put her in a Latinx stereotype because ‘she’s not a Latina so it’s not racist’.

Also, if you look at a comic book character and think, “Gee! A brown strong woman who speaks Spanish, but I don’t think she’s a Latina!!!” You kinda have to rethink your life choices.

Second of all, luckily for you, this is something I’ve already given quite a bit of thought to and I’m gonna try to give you logical answers so you can drop the argument once and for all.

  1. Physically, America Chavez is clearly a Latina: brown skin, thick wavy hair, almond eyes, thick lips, strong thighs…. you get my meaning. Her race is not up for discussion. If anything, I could argue she might be an afro-latina, but the Latinx part is definitive.

  2. Her mothers/her world. Now, I assume your worries are regarding her nativity being the Utopian Parallel as opposed to a Latinamerican country. However, if this is an Utopia created by the Billy Kaplan we all know and love (and who in no way is racist) I am willing to bet his idea of a perfect world included a mix of cultural and ethnical representation. Which takes us to both America’s mothers being WOC, when in Issue #14 it’s made clear that not everyone in her world was. 

  3. America Chavez clearly identifies herself with her culture. How do we know that? Well, let’s see. There is her integrating spanish words to her language. No, not just in a “nada and jack” type of expressions that could very easily be used by native english speakers, but in surprise expressions that are instinctive, natural and beyond her control:

    Furthermore, she takes this cultural aspect of herself seriously. To her, the use of spanish expressions is not a joke. Proved when she quickly shuts down Loki for trying to use them: 

    further proof: 

    Oh, look! It’s America Chavez calling Nullifier a ‘white boy’, kinda like she doesn’t identify as white, uh? Weird.
  4. Full disclaimer: now we are entering the part where I make a lot of not proved theories. 
    So, let’s say we’ve gotten to this point, and you’re still thinking, ‘well, yeah, but she’s not human and her moms don’t speak spanish and blah blah blah’ here is what think about it: America arrived to 616 when she was approximately 8 years old (maybe younger). She was a recently orphaned, homeless and penniless child. How did a kid like this managed to survive all this long on her own? I mean, sure, she could go to anywhere in the Multivere but I doubt that’s an ability she had at that age. So, I have two options for you:

    1) It is not a far guess that America would’ve ended up with kids who, like her, were alone, marginalized, poor and without papers. Who are this kids? Children of illegal immigrants. It’s not an uncommon thing for their parents to be sent back to their country, while the kids who were born here are left alone. There’s even southamerican parents who sent their kids alone to the states hoping they’ll get a better life and an education. Now, if a 6 y/o arrived to this sort of group, it’s not a far stretch to guess she would’ve learnt their customs, language, expressions, culture, etc.

    2) Where are the living costs much lower than in NYC, much more forgiving weather during the winter and a greater amount of street kids? South America. So, maybe, baby America was smart enough to fly there. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’d spent there her first years in the Multiverse. The culture’s warmer and more welcoming. She might have ended up in a street child’s house or with some sort of gang who tried to make a living off the streets, for all we know.

    Now, I know this are just guesses, but for an ethnically latinx child on her own, it is not really hard for me to believe that she would’ve somehow gravitated to a crowd more like her.

So now, to conclude. We can affirm that America Chavez both: genetically is a Latina and identifies as such. The only part that could maybe be left for discussion is how she came to live this culture. Maybe her mothers already acted like Latinas in her world, and we just never saw them speak Spanish (even America scarcely speaks it, which btw is not a sign of her being less of a Latina, but a very respectful and true representation of how us, native Spanish speakers, communicate in English,  not throwing random Spanish words everywhere like a bad fanfic writer). Or maybe she got immersed in that culture at her arrival at the Multiverse. 

Either way, there is no question. America Chavez is a Latina.