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Now that Cobra Kai has a bigger Netflix platform, its whiteness is even more glaring as a TV series rooted in East Asian


https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2021-01-08/netflix-cobra-kai-season-3-diversity

Cobra Kai has no Asian lead actors or any writers of Asian descent. It's especially glaring with the show now revolving around three white men while being rooted in and deeply indebted to Eastern tradition. “Except for the Latino character of Miguel, all the other people of color are outside of that main cast, so it actually doesn’t show as a diverse show in a sense,” said Ana-Christina Ramón, co-author of UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report. “The thing I’d like to see them do is to go beyond this suburban idyllic space, this white pocket dimension, more deeply,” adds writer and podcaster Jeff Yang, the father of former Fresh Off the Boat star Hudson Yang, who has covered Cobra Kai for Quartz. “What if they actually did encounter people who embraced martial arts not just to overcome bullying, but because it’s part of a larger tradition that exists within people of color communities?” The lack of Asian representation among the writers and lead actors is also notable considering two of Cobra Kai's co-creators, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, were responsible for writing the groundbreaking Asian-American film franchise Harold & Kumar, starring John Cho and Kal Penn. Hurwitz and Schlossberg and fellow co-creator Jon Heald say they're aware of the criticism. "Having made Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle we’ve been particularly sensitive to Asian American representation in movies and television," says Schlossberg. He also made it clear that for story elements such as Gōjū-ryū karate and certain Japanese details, they relied on actors Yuji Okumoto and Tamlyn Tomita, who reprise their roles from Karate Kid Part II, and stunt coordinator Hiro Koda and original Karate Kid screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. “We would have loved if there was a Miyagi son or daughter that was floating around in the lineage and the canon of the movie to play with,” says Heald. “But we inherited the story that felt like the natural continuation, where for better or worse you are dealing with Johnny and Daniel as your protagonists.”

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I do find it strange that they cut the fat by eliminating two overweight characters.

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This article sucks, man. It sucks.

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Racist!

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QUIET!

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I was wondering when this would happen. Of course, they ignore the fact that Mr. Miyagi was the big hero of the franchise and even after his death, they constantly talk about how great he is. Oh, and they pretend Miguel is the only main character of color on the show but that’s not true, either.

They do have one good point: it would be nice to see more characters embrace karate for reasons other than bullying.

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Yea but its not enough. Remember all of us have to look back at the sins of white privilege. For this, issues such as having a gay and or transgender karate student should be casted. Thats just 1 example. I can go on and on

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I'm outraged that they let one of the best characters go - Aisha. She was fat, black and gay. Stupid homophobic racist body shamers!

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The original Karate Kid was far from being from being an Asian-American film. It's the story about an American kid from New Jersey who moves to California, and does not take well to it right away, but then is taken under the wing of a Japanese Mentor/sensei. One Japanese actor does not make the Karate Kid an Asian film. Karate Kid 2 is definitely an Asian-centric story
with more focus put on Mr. Miyagi's backstory, yet still including Daniel. With the exception of Daniel pretty much the entire cast of Karate Kid 2 was Asian. Karate Kid 3 is pretty much the same deal as Karate Kid 1.

If they made a spinoff of KK2 it would make sense to have an Asian protagonist, most likely Chozen.

As for Cobra Kai it's pretty much a spinoff of KK1 with Johnny as the main protagonist.

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