Thursday, June 01, 2006

Asian/Asian American Characters in Comics

I haven't been ignoring this blog. Really, I swear. Since there was a lukewarm response to Blog for Asian American Heritage Month Day, today, I decided instead to use today to unveil a project I've been working on all month. I present to you, dear reader, The Outsiders: Asian/Asian American Characters in Comics (a comprehensive listing of as many A/AA characters I could find in the DC and Marvel universe). Please skim it and give your thoughts here!! I will continue to keep this resource updated for the foreseeable future, but I'm extremely proud of how it turned out.


Anonymous Adam said...

I know you're in a happy, long term relationship, but can I marry you?

An intelligent, independent, passionate, woman that doesn't put up with shit from man or woman, and she reads comics, well enough to notice the lack of Asian characters! Wow, I'm in love.

James, you are a lucky fellow indeed.

6/01/2006 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

::huggles the resource page::

6/01/2006 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

You're damn right Adam, Jenn's amazing! I watched her compile and write this up over the past few days... it's wild how many characters are based on such demeaning stereotypes.

I mean, the Collective Man? Come on...

This list is really cool Jenn. Great job on this one, sweetie!

6/01/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

Thank you. :D

P.S. Grant Morrison has new Chinese characters coming up, but I'm not too happy with them.

6/01/2006 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Jay, thank you very much for including that link! I've added the first few characters to the list (excluding the mysterious characters who are not of obvious Asian descent, and whose descriptions do not give hints to their origins).

I'm worried though... Mother of Champions just sounds wrong as both an APIA activist and a feminist, and everything still falls into the "stereotypical image or power" problem.

6/01/2006 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger 100LittleDolls said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome. You've done such a great job.

6/01/2006 02:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

lol, thank you all for the kudos. especially adam, who cracked me up this morning. ^_^

6/01/2006 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger William said...

Excellent job, Jenn. This page will be linked forever, just like that one which tells every character's religion. You've certainly contributed to the pantheon here. =)

6/01/2006 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Awww... Will, that actually means a lot to me, coming from you. ^_^

6/01/2006 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Well Jenn, it came from the heart :-)

Glad I could make your morning a little brighter. Anywho, the most promising character in my mind is the new Atom. Hopefully they'll flesh it out more and have with love interests and all, not just the smart asian successor to Palmer.

6/02/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Holy crap, I just saw the desription of Mother of Champions! That is soooo wrong on soooooooo many levels. I expect more from Grant Morrison. That character alone really upsets me. Man, Morrison just lost all my respect, bastard.

6/02/2006 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Lee Herrick said...

I don't know much about comics, but I love the new site! An excellent idea.

6/02/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Lyle said...

Great work, the art you include is indeed quite disturbing.

There are a few missing characters I can think of, I'll e-mail you with the list.

6/02/2006 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

From the NYTimes article:

"The Chinese government-controlled Great Ten, making their debut next month, should prove less contentious."

And why would the Chinese characters prove to be less contentious? Is it because they assume Asians around the world will take being insulted and stereotyped lying down?

I thought the Times had good journalists. Guess I was wrong.

6/02/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

More guys for your list:
Greg Pak's first comic series, a remake of Warlock, also featured Janie Chin
Does G.I.Joe count (it was a Hasbro/Marvel project, championed by Larry Hama) if so

6/02/2006 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Mac said...

Not sure if it was mentioned yet or not.

David Mack's Kabuki comic.

6/03/2006 01:41:00 AM  
Anonymous johanna said...

Great site! I have a question about your "who" page, though. You say:

full or partial East or South Asian or Asian Indian descent.

Er, what about Southeast Asians? (I don't even know if there are any in comics, but...)

Also, if you haven't read this article yet, it's pretty nifty.

6/03/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

..."Er, what about Southeast Asians? (I don't even know if there are any in comics, but...)"

.... ooops! Fixed!!

Mac, I'm currently steering clear of Kabuki and other non-DC/Marvel comic titles just for the sake of my own sanity... once the list is more or less complete for DC/Marvel, I'm branching out into those titles, in which case Kabuki is definitely going to count!

6/03/2006 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Mac said...

That's cool.

I might have missed it, but how about the chracter Tsukuri. She was only (I believe)in the JLA cartoon. Not sure if she ever showed up in the comics.

6/03/2006 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Bren said...

If I'm not mistaken, Rose Wilson Worth is one-quarter Asian American. Info here:

6/08/2006 09:52:00 PM  

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