There are two characters in Iron Fist, Davos and Bakuto, who have a South-Asian or generally Mediterranean physical appearance.

Strangely enough, Davos is playing the son of Lei Kung, an abbot with a typical Chinese name from a mysterious place which is modeled after Tibet and China, Bakuto is from Japan.

They don't even look like mixed with Japanese or Chinese.

Is there an explanation for them lacking the appearance one would expect from their names and places of origin ?

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    Why should they? This seems to be a genetics question...there's no specific reason the child of an Asian parent has to appear Asian.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 14:02
  • Also Bakuto is played by Ramon Rodriguez...who is Puerto Rican
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 14:04
  • I was raised in Germany, I do not understand the rules of Political Correctness pertaining to racial terms. Did not mean to be disrespectful, please explain to me, why you think the wording was racist.
    – sharkant
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 15:06
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    @sharkant I'm from the middle east and didn't take any offense, but it could be because "middle-eastern" is not a race and not all the people in the middle east look the same (I don't look like any of the actors). Still I didn't see any thing racist in your question, may be a bit of generalization.
    – madmada
    Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 15:23
  • I see that the title was edited, so I deleted my comment Commented Aug 1, 2017 at 15:24

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They are not Middle-Eastern

Davos, as a character, is from K'un-Lun, originally, as is his father, Lei Kung, a Tibetan region within China.

If we look at Hoon Lee's portrayal of Lei Kung, we see a faithful representation (Asian-American playing the role of an East-Asian character):

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Lei Kung's son, Davos, played by British-Indian actor Sacha Dhawan, isn't necessarily an inaccurate portrayal:

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Consider that we don't know what the ethnicity of Davos' mother (in the Netflix show Iron Fist) - a child's genetic phenotypes are the result of a distribution from both parents.

As for Bakuto, according to comicbook.com:

[in the comics,] Bakuto was The Hand's Daimyo of South America; when Daredevil took over as leader of The Hand in the early 2010s, Bakuto was one of the leaders at a Hand summit Daredevil held.

Iron Fist: Who is Bakuto?, comicbook.com

Though his ethnicity isn't specifically and explicitly stated in the comics, he is most probably Japanese, and his xenophobia for non-Japanese characters, like being outraged at the "American", Daredevil, being in charge of the Hand, is brought up in the comics, so it does seem to be key to his character (also his character design and name is heavily inspired by the Yakuza).

However, Ramón Rodríguez's portrayal of Bakuto, ethnically, seems to be irrelevant with what his role requires, in Netflix/Marvel TV's interpretation so his Puerto Rican background is practically irrelevant. He doesn't make any references to Japanese culture, in the same way his comic-book counterpart does.

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It's also worth noting that there isn't such thing as "Middle-Eastern" ethnicity, as the so called "Middle-East" covers a large array of countries and cultures and ethnic backgrounds that can hardly be generalized under one term, when trying to describe an ethnicity. Some may take offense with this generalisation, not that I did.

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  • In Season 2, Davos' mother was indeed portrayed as having Indian descent
    – m1gp0z
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 13:47

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