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Pet Sins August 2000

Tekken, Tekken 2 and Tekken 3

Michelle Chang is 2nd from the rightTekken (including later versions Tekken 2, Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag) is a video game series released by Namco. Namco is a Japanese video game company which is also the creator of the Soul Edge/Soul Calibur series.

Cool
  • Michelle Chang is possibly the first biracial character of color to enter the Japanese video game/anime arena

    By "biracial person of color", we mean someone whose parents are of different races but none of whose parents are white. Many East Asians have a fascination with the looks of mixed white and East Asian children. However, the biracial offspring of East Asians and other people of color don't get as much attention. Tekken's inclusion of a non-white biracial woman is noteworthy.

    Michelle Chang, 2nd from the right in the picture above, is a character in Tekken and Tekken 2. She is the daughter of a Hong Kong man and a Native American woman. She trains in the Chinese martial arts but lives with her mother's people.

  • The adoptive families in Tekken are more wholesome than the biological family in Tekken

    Mishima Heihachi and his descendents are central to the plot of Tekken, Tekken 2 and Tekken 3. Heihachi, the ruthless boss of an international conglomerate, is hated by his son Kazuya. At the official ending of Tekken, Kazuya, seeking revenge for childhood abuse, throws his father down a cliff. In Tekken 2, Heihachi returns and throws his son down a volcano. The Tekken movie elaborates on the video game's plot by tracing Heihachi's abusive behavior towards his son, and Kazuya's dark obsession with killing his biological father.

    In Tekken 3 , the character ending for Heihachi shows him throwing his grandson Jin out of a helicopter. The character ending for Heihachi's grandson Jin shows Heihachi ordering his men to shoot Jin after Jin wins the tournament. The character ending for Jin's rival Hwoarang also shows Hwoarang rescuing Jin from Heihachi's henchmen. There's little doubt about the health of this biological family.

    The other family that spans the Tekken series is the family of Michelle Chang. Michelle Chang, who appears in Tekken and Tekken 2 , first joins the tournament to seek revenge for the murder of her parents, who were former employees of Heihachi. Between Tekken 2 and Tekken 3, Michelle adopts an abandoned Native American baby. This baby becomes the Julia Chang character of Tekken 3, which Namco officially describes as "raised in love by Michelle Chang". Julia Chang joins the tournament to rescue her mother, who had been kidnapped by Heihachi.

    Another Tekken character, Gun Jack, is a Russian cyborg who adopts an orphaned girl. Between Tekken and Tekken 3, he raises the girl to adulthood.

  • Finally a black character who does not work in the music industry

    Eddie Gordo, the son of a wealthy industrialist, is a character in Tekken 3. Eddie is described as a good student in school. After his father was killed by drug lords for spearheading an anti-drug crusade, Eddie was wrongly imprisoned for the murder. It is worth noting Eddie is a black man who is from a wealthy and powerful family. His father fought against drug lords (a depiction deviating from the stereotype of a black drug dealer). Eddie is a black man who is wrongly imprisoned. Other Japanese video games like Dead or Alive and earlier Street Fighter versions cast black characters as either criminals or DJs.

Not-so-Cool

The European women are presented as sex objects. Almost all the female characters are sexified, with perhaps the exception of the child Xiaoyu in Tekken 3, but the European female characters are even more so. The Irish Anna Williams (present in all the Tekken games) shakes her rear after winning a match. In the Japanese PSX version, the ending video for Nina Williams (sister of Anna) shows Nina naked. This has been digitally altered in the US version to show Nina wearing underwear.

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