I don't really see how the Karate Kid would be white-washing. Or even Bloodsport. Martial arts became super popular in the 80s and plenty of white guys did get into karate and kung fu. Besides, who says that all Asians practice martial arts? Or even that all people who practice martial arts are Asian? Plenty of martial arts disciplines, as others have mentioned, originated in non-Asian countries completely independent of Asian martial arts. I think white-washing is more placing a white character in a scenario that would be completely unrealistic. Like if the leader of an ancient Amazonian tribe was somehow a white guy named Bill. That's not only historically inaccurate, it doesn't even really make sense to do, unless there was some very compelling story to tell there. The weird thing is, people don't really seem to care if it happens the other way around, i.e. replacing a traditionally white character with a person of color. But I suppose that's an entirely different conversation. Most of my friends are black, and I have to say, I've never heard talk of white-washing or any of these buzzwords that people like to use today. In fact, we don't even ever talk about race; it literally never comes up. It's a non-issue among us. Yet, racial tensions seem to be high today among a lot of different groups. But, I suppose times are changing, and a lot of it is for the better. I think the idea is not to downplay the importance of a culture by needlessly making a character a certain race, just because that's what you would identify with. But yea, I hear what you're saying. You are going to make sort of an underdog type character who gets into martial arts. Nothing wrong with that.