tangzhuang

http://thecharactercomma.tumblr.com/post/161104140876/laurellynnleake-shwetanarayan-tangzhuang

So I like the idea of this post, and stuff like the eye thing or the eyebrow thing are totally right, but…

…there are some of these I can’t endorse?

Like “villains are scarred or have disabilities” can be ableist, yes… but if they acquired their disability through the violence that radicalized them, that’s not ableism, that’s understandable (if sometimes overused for reasons that might, yes, be ableist.)

As a disabled person, I identified with those villains very strongly. Why? Because, as tropey as they were… by and large, they were mad at ableism too.

By and large, they became evil because ableism broke them.

It made them angry. Not just angry. Soul-scorchingly angry, the kind you don’t come back from.

Mad enough to break things. Mad enough to give in to their rage. Mad enough to hurt people. Mad enough to do the unthinkable.

Sometimes I felt mad like that too. Sometimes I didn’t want to be polite. Sometimes I didn’t want to be nice. Sometimes I didn’t want to make sure the punishment fit the crime.

Sometimes I got scared it would take me over.

Having characters as angry at it as I was mattered to me. 

Having characters as angry as I was meant I wasn’t alone.

Don’t take away the representation I needed–and still need–because the kind you need looks different.

It’s not either or. It’s both and.

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((it’s China/Yao this time! :D))

((from left to right:

1. Red Changshan (canon), 2. Chinese suit/tangzhuang, 3. Hanfu, 4. Beach, 5. Black jacket, 6. Formal suit, 7. Military uniform (canon), 8. Training, 9. 2P China, and the rest are the short hair version <3

Sorry for the slight inactivity, I have a really bad internet connection these days and also a job deadline. I probably will answer the questions in friday or saturday ><))

Issues with an Asian-Inspired Fantasy World

   Hi, I am writing a story and I hope you could give me some feedback on the setting of my story takes place in. My story takes place in a fantasy world that consists of a large continent and within this large landmass lies four kingdoms, each in the same directions as a compass and in varying sizes, having their own culture, distinct language, and architecture. I was wondering, in your opinion, whether or not it is alright to have one race or ethnicity have control in one kingdom? There is mixing of cultures in the form of people from two different kingdoms coming together and having children of mixed nationalities, race, and ethnicities. 

   For example, in the north lies a kingdom that everyone has varying shades of dark skin and blue eyes, while in the south, lies a kingdom that 99% of its inhabitants have varying shades of red hair, pale skin, and fire colored eyes. Another example is that in the west lies a kingdom that everyone has different shades of brown hair and grey eyes while having a clearly Asian-influenced culture, such as using chopsticks, wearing Asian-inspired clothing, such as kimonos, changshans, Tangzhuangs, military uniform having Mandarin collars, their imperial palace having “slightly curved eaves that extended far beyond the walls”, etc. 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this and write your feedback and opinion. 

I have problems with the Asian-influenced culture. Big ones.

Not exactly sure why the coloring of the inhabitants have brown hair and grey eyes–I feel like this would indicate to Asian readers with dark coloring/brown eyes that their coloring is undesirable/ugly.

The words “Asian-inspired” along with the clothing being kimono, changshans and Tangzhuangs indicate it’s a mishmash of China and Japan, and there are reasons why this is problematic, namely that those two countries have distinct cultures and also a long history. It’s going to look like you can’t tell them apart at best, and that you don’t care at worst. It smacks of cultural appropriation.

–mod Jess

okami-kotori  asked:

Do people in china still wear this kind of traditional clothing? Like in Japan you might find some people wearing them for various reasons. But is it socially acceptable in China nowadays?

Hi, thanks for your question!

Hanfu has only recently just started undergoing a revival as a living, breathing fashion after being displaced for three centuries. Before the revival movement began in earnest around 2003 (although there had been attempts at revival before), hanfu was mostly relegated to books, paintings/art, clerical traditions in Daoism/Buddhism, and the stage/TV. Therefore, currently hanfu is considered a niche rather than mainstream fashion. When it comes to traditional clothing, most people will still be seen wearing qipao/tangzhuang. However, as the revival movement progresses, more and more people are wearing hanfu not just for traditional/formal occasions like weddings and holidays, but also for daily life.

So in short: wearing hanfu is not yet “socially acceptable” in the sense that you’ll probably still get some strange looks if you wear it out in the street, but as it gains legitimacy and popularity as a revived fashion, public consensus is also changing and becoming more accepting. For more information, Wikipedia has an article on the hanfu movement here, if you’re interested :)