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16th Dec '16 5:16:12 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' plays with this. Although the entire planet is a mis-mash of Asian cultures, each actual nation is based off of a single culture, or the cultures of a few culturally and geographically similar countries. It's all actually very logically done.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' plays with this. Although the entire planet is a mis-mash mish-mash of Asian cultures, each actual nation is largely based off of a single culture, or the cultures of a few culturally and geographically similar countries. It's all actually very logically done.
5th Dec '16 2:24:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series' sustained inability to differentiate between Eastern cultures is a great source of amusement for people who actually can. [[Film/MortalKombat The first movie]] alone features a Chinese man going back to a monastery supposedly in China but obviously a Thai temple, greeted by monks dressed in Thai robes, and then a Japanese thunder god appears ([[RaceLift played by a white man]]). There is a good explanation for why so many of the ninja in the series are Chinese; despite looking like the modern day ninja archetype, they are part of a Chinese assassin cult known as the "Lin Kuei", which is explained as having been the progenitor of ninjas in Japan (such as Scorpion's Shirai Ryu clan). Bonus points for the Lin Kuei actually being ''real''. Though, despite superficial similarities they probably had very little to do with Japanese ninja, nor were they mercenaries, just a {{Badass}} survivalist sect that happened to teach some no holds barred self-defence and had a penchant' for stealth and forest-dwelling. As in the games, they had a habit of abducting children from other villages to refresh their numbers, but they were more like highly-trained warrior bandits or even Chinese Native Americans than ''shinobi'' when its all said and done. Also, they never called themselves Lin Kuei; thats just the name outsiders gave to them. They still exist, but only as a small group dedicated to simply keeping the art alive (minus the child-abducting bandit stuff, of course).

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* The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series' sustained inability to differentiate between Eastern cultures is a great source of amusement for people who actually can. [[Film/MortalKombat The first movie]] alone features a Chinese man going back to a monastery supposedly in China but obviously a Thai temple, greeted by monks dressed in Thai robes, and then a Japanese thunder god appears ([[RaceLift played by a white man]]). There is a good explanation for why so many of the ninja in the series are Chinese; despite looking like the modern day ninja archetype, they are part of a Chinese assassin cult known as the "Lin Kuei", which is explained as having been the progenitor of ninjas in Japan (such as Scorpion's Shirai Ryu clan). Bonus points for the Lin Kuei actually being ''real''. Though, despite superficial similarities they probably had very little to do with Japanese ninja, nor were they mercenaries, just a {{Badass}} badass survivalist sect that happened to teach some no holds barred self-defence and had a penchant' for stealth and forest-dwelling. As in the games, they had a habit of abducting children from other villages to refresh their numbers, but they were more like highly-trained warrior bandits or even Chinese Native Americans than ''shinobi'' when its all said and done. Also, they never called themselves Lin Kuei; thats just the name outsiders gave to them. They still exist, but only as a small group dedicated to simply keeping the art alive (minus the child-abducting bandit stuff, of course).
28th Nov '16 11:20:42 AM Prfnoff
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* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has Dalaam, a vaguely Indian place existing on a FloatingContinent. The mystical training that Prince Poo receives there has strong overtones of UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}.
5th Nov '16 9:49:50 PM Averagemoe
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* VideoGame/Wizard101 plays this straight in the world of Mooshu. The sister game Videogame/Pirate101 downplays this by dividing Mooshu into a mostly Chineese half and a mostly Japaneese half, with the cultures blending together in between.
20th Oct '16 7:13:50 PM WillKeaton
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** Amazingly, of all people, ''Cotton'' gets his ethnicity right. This may have something to do with the fact that Cotton served in the Pacific Theatre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and thus had some actual exposure to the peoples of the region. Also, in a later episode, Kahn tries to earn membership to an Asian-American country club, but needs to get Hank to join as well (the club is looking for a "token white guy" in order to deflect accusations of racism). At one point, Hank asks Kahn to translate what a few of the members are saying, with Kahn responding "They're speaking Chinese. Do I ''look'' Chinese to you?!". Hank just stares back with a poker face.

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** Amazingly, of all people, ''Cotton'' gets his ethnicity right. This may have something to do with the fact that Cotton served in the Pacific Theatre of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and thus had some actual exposure to the peoples of the region. Also, in a later episode, Kahn tries to earn membership to an Asian-American country club, but needs to get Hank to join as well (the club is looking for a "token white guy" in order to deflect accusations of racism). At one point, Hank asks Kahn to translate what a few of the members are saying, with Kahn responding "They're speaking Chinese. Do I ''look'' Chinese to you?!". you?!" Hank just stares back with a poker face.
20th Oct '16 7:11:06 PM WillKeaton
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* In 1701 A.D. there is a foreign culture called "The Asians" that only has one city. However, the leader is named Liang Wu (a Chinese name) and the cities always have Chinese names. The architecture is mostly Chinese, and the ships used in The Sunken Dragon are Chinese Junks. However, in Mission 9 of the Sunken Dragons, Ramirez, the pirate captain mentions the Asians eating Sushi, which is Japanese. In The Sunken Dragon, they worship the Fire Dragon, but Buddha statues are common in their holy city.

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* In 1701 ''1701 A.D. '' there is a foreign culture called "The Asians" that only has one city. However, the leader is named Liang Wu (a Chinese name) and the cities always have Chinese names. The architecture is mostly Chinese, and the ships used in The Sunken Dragon are Chinese Junks. However, in Mission 9 of the Sunken Dragons, Ramirez, the pirate captain mentions the Asians eating Sushi, which is Japanese. In The Sunken Dragon, they worship the Fire Dragon, but Buddha statues are common in their holy city.
20th Oct '16 7:10:26 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has the country known as Xing which is based mostly off of China but has some Japanese included as well such as certain Japanese words and {{Ninja}}. It's the second most important country since an alternate form of alchemy was created there.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has the country known as Xing which is based mostly off of China but has some Japanese included included, as well such as certain Japanese words and {{Ninja}}. It's the second most important country since an alternate form of alchemy was created there.



* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features a foreign region referred as [[NoNameGiven Far East]], which appears to be a combination of Chinese and Japanese culture. Shiva of The East, one of the Forest Guards, borrowed the name of a Hindu goddess and was voiced by a Chinese voice actor[[note]]Kuei Lin Hsu[[/note]].

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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features a foreign region referred as [[NoNameGiven Far East]], which appears to be a combination of Chinese and Japanese culture. Shiva of The East, one of the Forest Guards, borrowed the name of a Hindu goddess and was voiced by a Chinese voice actor[[note]]Kuei actor.[[note]]Kuei Lin Hsu[[/note]].Hsu[[/note]]
16th Oct '16 1:45:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has the ''Eastwatch'', whose party members' names were Japanese.

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* ''FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has the ''Eastwatch'', whose party members' names were Japanese.
18th Jul '16 8:00:47 AM Beatlemania
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A sort of odd mishmash of Japan and China (with occasional bits of Korea and Southeast Asia), mixing various stereotypes about "the Orient" together. Expect to see [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting kung-fu or other martial arts]], panda bears, chopsticks, lots of bowing, shrines, burning incense, CherryBlossoms, paper fans, [[GratuitousNinja ninja]], [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dra]][[DragonsUpTheYinYang gons]], and billowing clothing.

Part of the reason for this may derive from the 19th-century history of East Asia, during which only Japan, China, and Siam (now Thailand) successfully resisted colonization by and loss of national identity to Western (or, in the case of the Koreans and Taiwanese, Japanese) cultural hegemony. For slightly more than two generations, then, most Westerners were familiar only with the Japanese, Chinese, and Siamese cultures.

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A sort of odd mishmash of Japan UsefulNotes/{{Japan}} and China UsefulNotes/{{China}} (with occasional bits of Korea [[UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}} Korea]] and Southeast Asia), mixing various stereotypes about "the Orient" together. Expect to see [[EverybodyWasKungFuFighting kung-fu or other martial arts]], panda bears, chopsticks, lots of bowing, shrines, burning incense, CherryBlossoms, paper fans, [[GratuitousNinja ninja]], [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dra]][[DragonsUpTheYinYang gons]], and billowing clothing.

Part of the reason for this may derive from the 19th-century history of East Asia, during which only Japan, China, and Siam (now Thailand) UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}}, which isn't technically East Asia) successfully resisted colonization by and loss of national identity to Western (or, in the case of the Koreans and Taiwanese, [[UsefulNotes/{{Taiwan}} Taiwanese]], Japanese) cultural hegemony. For slightly more than two generations, then, most Westerners were familiar only with the Japanese, Chinese, and Siamese cultures.



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14th Feb '16 5:50:09 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' features a foreign region referred as [[NoNameGiven Far East]], which appears to be a combination of Chinese and Japanese culture. Shiva of The East, one of the Forest Guards, borrowed the name of a Hindu goddess and was voiced by a Chinese voice actor[[note]]Kuei Lin Hsu[[/note]].
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