i’ve been seeing people around complaining about how hiro looks “white” and I just feel like addressing why that’s really problematic 8C
to start off I’ll just say that even though I’m not Japanese, I’m 100% chinese so there’s not a single drop of white blood in my lineage. but hiro’s and tomago’s facial features both resemble mine more than any other asian animated characters I’ve ever come across. I never really realized how exciting it is to see characters that look like you until their designs came out, something that white kids get to enjoy every day.
but then they get called out on for looking “white”. what does that make me?
"Typical" asian features are small noses, small chins, round faces, and almond-shaped eyes—facial features that are all apparent in both character designs (even though hiro’s eyes are kinda big but really, they’re about the same as mine when I draw caricatures of myself). Quite honestly, asian facial features (aside from the eyes) can look pretty ambiguous at times! That’s why we tend to have an easier time passing as white characters while cosplaying than vice-versa. But we as a society have a tendency to default to white when we’re looking at ambiguous features, which is why anime gets called out for making their characters “all-white” even though anime is based off of ASIAN features and white characters are almost always defined by caricatures (big noses, etc.), but NOPE when non-asians people look at anime they just default to thinking everyone is white.
Which is why people thinking Hiro looks white REALLY offends me because it shows that exact same mentality, that white is default and we have to go out of our way to make super exaggerated features for him not to be.
does it not occur to people that there are *gasp* asian artists at disney? minkyu lee and jin kim are the two more well-known ones and while I can’t find any information about if they worked on BH6 or not, I’m 99% they had to have been involved in the project in some way or another since they were both character designers on wreck-it ralph and frozen.
so does it not occur to people that maybe asians don’t come off an assembly line and don’t all have slits for eyes?
If you’re not asian and insist on telling me that a character has to conform to YOUR racial stereotypes as to what an asian character “should” look like for them to be considered anything other than white, then maybe you should be asking yourself who’s racist.
I’m going to reblog this here because it applies to like everything that I draw. Thank you, amazing person on tumblr.