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.