Okay, the Avatarverse is heavily Asian-inspired - all the characters are from cultures explicitly based on our own world’s Asian and Inuit societies, they write in Chinese, bending is taken from kung fu and tai chi forms. This is wonderful and important.
That said, Bryan and Mike have said on multiple occasions they see this universe as an Asian-American hybrid. For LoK, they and the rest of the production team used photography from Shorpy.com (which largely focuses on the U.S. in the early 20th century) as reference. The roof of the arena was directly inspired by French architecture in the late 19th century. Kuang’s is very European haute-cuisine, Asami’s design is based on Rita Hayworth, and Republic City’s layout is virtually identical to Manhattan’s.
This doesn’t take away from the many, many great Asian influences and references - I love them! I’m glad they’re there. I’m thrilled that this universe IS so heavily Asian-inspired. But to give people grief for picking up on Western influences, or to claim that the Avatarverse is exclusively based on Asian cultures, is disingenuous and factually incorrect.
So yeah. Just thought I would point that out.