Thank you for participating, I mean it.
For my reasons, Kali's pretty much got it right. I'm trying to get a feel for just how pervasive stereotypes are when it comes to Asian characters. We've got two main ones -- martial artist and brainy type. As a holdover from the 40s, we have our pulp type villains and our cultural powers. And then we have the nationalists, which are a problem with any foreign characters. Since looking at the list I discovered a proliferation of crime bosses (Yakuza mainly) and newscaster girlfriends. Sometime in the near future I plan to organize it into a good list by stereotype.
As for the culturally specific powers, well, I noticed when we don't have a martial artist or a scientist, we usually got some sort of wierd Asian mysticism, like the psychic dragon. I mean, seriously, when we have a character with Irish ancestry do they always automatically get ties to the faeries? With Italian ancestry are they instantly tied to the
I don't think removing stereotypes in their powers and occupation are cutting out all ties to their heritage, personally. Stereotypes can get mixed up with heritage, but really it's the trappings of heritage. Jobs and powers based on their ancestral culture? Why? Why not simply show heritage through family life?
I mean, take the new Blue Beetle. He's Hispanic, a student. He's got mystical powers and a legacy that have nothing to do with Mexico or Spain. He doesn't have a stereotypical Hispanic job. Does that mean that being Hispanic has no effect on his character?
Or hell, take Tsunami (off the list for lack of research, I've only seen her in Young All-Stars #1) -- most of her history revolves around having witnessed her family being gathered up for Internment Camps during World War II. Take about being affected by your heritage! And that has nothing to do with her powers (which I think may be coutned as stereotypical after all) or her job (which I am unaware of) and everything to do with being Japanese-American.
I don't see how say, an Asian football player who has trouble with math and superstrength powers would be divorced from his heritage. This stuff is superficial. The actual character shows through in his civilian life and how he handles trouble. His heritage will show particularly through his family, where he was raised, and how he regards his family and hometown.
I'm going for American Comics rather than Manga, because I'm looking specifically stereotypes that white people have for Asians.
Anyway, so far I have Ishido Maad (whom I had shamefully neglected even though I read Young Justice) and Angela Cheung to add to the non-stereotyped list, and Jubilee to remove. I like Karma as an addition too, but, as Kalinara pointed out -- it's like naming someone with Celtic ancestry Wicca. I can't find out enough about Celsius.
That leaves me with The Quiz, Angela Cheung, Grace Choi, Ishido Maad, and Nico Minoru so far.
It's got to be better than this.