IIoveAzula. Since she first appeared I admired her strength so much. She was so powerful, only one look and she made everyone shake with fear. And she was only a child. I loved her bitchy attitude, how she had no mercy, when she tricked people, I loved her evilness. And I know these are the reasons why many people don’t like her but in my case it just made me respect her.
But Azula had feelings too. “The Beach” is the episode that shows this the most. When she spoke about how her mother had hurt her or when she expressed she just wanted to feel like a normal teenager for a night. Even more important to me, she immediately apologised to Ty Lee after making her cry and admitted she was just jealous of her. Azula: the most prideful character of all, because she cared about Ty. This is the reason she started cracking towards the end. Her friends, the only people she felt she could trust betrayed her, leaving her alone.
Azula just loses her mind in the final episodes and that broke my heart (I couldn’t stop crying I stg). She was 14, and she had been expected to be the perfect child her whole life. To become as powerful and evil as her father and the next Firelord, with Zuko being the shame of family.
My point is: Azula was wicked, and i loved that side of her, but I also loved how she was shown to be human, capable of loving in her own way. And all the bad stuff she did was because she had been taught to be that way. Now, I’m not defeding her, because Zuko had been educated in the same way but chose the right path. I’m just saying that she had been raised in an eviroment where the only thing she knew was hate and destruction, so it doesn’t surprise she ended up the way she did. And in the end, she deserves as much love as any other character.
There were also other pioneering [East and Southeast] Asian American actors like Benson Fong, Victor Sen Yung, Lotus Long, Suzanna Kim, Barbara Jean Wong, Fely Franquelli, Chester Gan, Honorable Wu, Kam Tong, Layne Tom Jr., Maurice Liu, Teru Shimada, Willie Fung and Wing Foo; all began their film careers in the 1930s and ‘40s.
With the relatively small percentage of actors that support themselves by acting, it was only logical that they should try to limit the available talent pool as much as possible. One way of doing this was by placing restrictions on minority actors, which, in the case of Asian actors, meant that they could usually only get roles as houseboys, cooks, laundrymen, and crazed war enemies, with the rare “white hero’s loyal sidekick” roles going to the big name actors. When the script called for a larger Asian role, it was almost inevitably given to a white actor. (A Brief History of Hollywood Yellowface)
My magnificent project since the summer is finally done! A tribute to one of my favorite shows, and also an extremely late birthday present for my extremely patient husband, I can only hope he’ll love it :)