From the Archive: Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?

Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender

 Since our blog debuted in 2017, we have published 300+ posts.  While some of you may have been with us from the start (thank you, loyal readers!), others may have joined us more recently.

As a new feature, we’re highlighting some of the posts that have garnered a lot of views or that address topics of continuing interest in the current moment — posts that you may have missed or that you might want to revisit.

Today’s archival find: one of our most popular posts since its initial publication in December 2020, typically having at least one visitor each day from around the world: “Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?” by Morgan Shiver (MA ’22).

Since writing the post, Morgan completed her M.A. in Children’s Literature here at Kansas State in May 2022, using the ideas from this blog post as the basis for her capstone M.A. writing project. This fall, she is starting her Ph.D. in English at Western Michigan University with a focus in children’s media culture.

Morgan’s original post begins:

If you’re asked to close your eyes and picture an elderly man, you probably don’t imagine him as shirtless, buff, and badass. Avatar: The Last Airbender will change that.

Read more at Uncle Iroh’s Got Abs?” — and our best wishes to Morgan as she completes her Ph.D.!

Karin Westman, Department Head


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