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.

otterbender:

Parallel: the surprise reunion hug she wasn’t expecting & and the surprise goodbye hug he wasn’t expecting.

badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista:

Keke Palmer in Cinderella [x]

Keke Palmer is the first black actress to play Cinderella on Broadway. (source)

Jesus was a radical, non-violent revolutionary who hung around with lepers, hookers and crooks; wasn’t American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty, anti-public prayer (M 6:5), but was never anti-gay; never mentioned abortion or birth control; never called the poor ‘lazy’; never justified torture; never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes; never asked a leper for a co-pay; and was a long-haired, brown-skinned, homeless, community-organizing, anti-slut-shaming, Middle Eastern Jew.

beifongacademy:

Toph, Lin, Suyin & Opal by Beifong Academy (北方学院)

foxmouth:

Landscapes, 2014 | by Shayan Artuz

The only time I actually like alcohol is a) when it doesn’t taste like alcohol, and b) when I’m just chilling with my friends at home and we’re doing something silly, like tonight when I played an AVPM drinking game with my roommates and we sat around singing along and eating junk food. Sooo much better than spending like 10 bucks at a bar and attempting to make small talk over loud music with people you don’t know.

meerschaums:

next time jorah

bryankonietzko:

ctchrysler:

oh my gooooooosh

Wow! That was fast. Nice!

bryankonietzko:

ctchrysler:

oh my gooooooosh

Wow! That was fast. Nice!