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Cho Chang by ereya Cho Chang by ereya
So I'm Asian, and I read a lot of books as a kid--a lot of fantasy books, in particular. None of them ever had any Asians in the story... unless you count the evil guys of strangely narrow-eyed-ethnicity. But then came Cho Chang. She was pretty and smart and athletic and HOLY CRAP HARRY POTTER EVEN HAD A CRUSH ON HER OMGOMG!!!!!!! Cho had all the potential to be every Asian girl's hero...

...but then she was lame. So thanks Rowling. Thanks for making the only Asian girl in books a weak crybaby and giving Harry to Ginny instead. I MEAN COME ON THERE ARE ENOUGH REDHEADS IN THE STORY JUST GIVE THE ASIAN A BREAK!!! :(

So here's a tribute to the girl that ALMOST gave us a proud place in the story of the generation. Almost.
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ArcticFlower00 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019
Impressive. Makes me wish she had been more than just a Rosalind in the series.
Severusiana Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Fantastic picture of Cho.
NESWolf20 Featured By Owner May 15, 2016
mariahleey Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
WOW. Best Cho I've ever seen, thank you. This is exactly how I imagined her to look.

I agree with you about how JKR handled her though :/
0stb Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this drawing :) Cho is so misunderstand, and I dont understand why so many people hate her!
Severusiana Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I never hated her , I feel pity by her lost.
artlover005 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol on your discription and really gr8 job on your drawing it's so real it's like she could just walk out of my computer screen. which would b rather creepy since she doesnt have legs... but still gr8 job!
PiixXxiiE Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really nice!  Great work.  (I love that you went with book colours, not movie ones.) :RavenClerisy: 
rubymoon4559 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Your Cho is very pretty. Cho had a good reason for being a "crybaby" though. If you liked someone who was murdered, you wouldn't cry? As for the no Asians in fantasy stories thing maybe you should seek out novels written in an Asian setting like Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo.
EllaJeam1027 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I am an Asian to and I have to say I am fine with the fantasy stories not having much Asians. Love the art btw, this is exactly how I pictured her!
kakuji19 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Artist
I agree, and though She was a bit annoying, I still loves her!! You wouldn't do a fan-art request of her for me for my fan-fic of her would you? *^^*
Clair133 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Its realley good *O*
avadaxxxkedavra Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I definitely agree with everything you just wrote.
Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I thought the romance tease with Cho was interesting, cause Harry got finally close with someone, who was not Ron or Heromine. Plus she was Harrys rival in quidditch.
And then out of nowhere Rowling turned Cho from nice actiongirl to annoying crybaby. This sucked.
Anyway, I like your pic. Cho looks like she could kicking arses and taking names yet still girly.
Well done.
scrumpleberry Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
This is a fabulous portrait! Cho was a huge fail but she still managed to be less two-dimensional than Ginny. JKR can't write relationships. Let's just imagine that she got her shit together when she graduated and became a complete badass.
PensilCantik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see your sentiment! :( Anyway, what a pretty Cho!! I've always imagine her something like this! :la:
Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Since the death of Cedric Diggory at the end of the Tri-Wizard Tournament, I think I can write a lament for Cho Chang to sing about him.
Malaikh Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Great picture, and I agree with your sentiment. There always seemed to be some extreme character assassination going on with poor Cho.
katieleighweasley Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
This is just perfect, oh my god. You're so talented!
FairyBubblePuppy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
She's really cool, you've drawn her very well.
AshtorethJ Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
gosh, she IS pretty...i've always imaged her to look something like this.
day79 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Writer
She's beautiful. I agree, there isn't any Asian people in stories. Cho did get annoying near the end... But I still think Harry belonged with Ginny. Cho should've ended up with someone. she was just kind of shunned out after her scene. But whatever. She was cool at the start. Did that sound racist? Oops. Oh well. I was merely contributing my opinion.

BTW I am writing a book and there is a dude from China in it and his name is Peter and he has crystal blue eyes.
WickedObsession Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing.
ZombieSlayer13x Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Wow this so so cute!! Hehe she looks exactly like what I pictured her, even before the movie :3 OMG I AGREEE WITH YOU!!!! ASIAN PRIDE *high fives you* All the asians are either men, bad guys (or men and bad...), minor characters, or they just die.....
WaitingForMyLetter Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thlipsi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing cho
Eveliien Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work!
natbookworm88 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty :) you did a good job with the shading and the proportions...
Asta-Pasta Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Beautiful! Now that you mention it, Asians never really get more than a walk on-part in practically all stories.
You made her look really wonderful, though. Especially her nose is cute ^^ Good job! :clap:
LalaAdanwenB Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   General Artist
She looks wonderful! I feel your pain - I´m not Asian, but I found it a bit lame from the start to see that the only (mentioned) chinese girl is in Ravenclaw. What a surprise.;) But I think you should re-define "Asian" - because there are still the Patil twins who are Indian!:dance: And I think they´re cool, though certainly no main characters. I like the fact that they´re twins but in two different houses.:nod:
Also, I thought Cho was weird, but Harry acted like a jerk as well - so, I guess she may have appeared in a better light if we weren´t doomed to see everything only from Harry´s perspective. Sorry for the ramble! In short: I really like this pic!:D :heart:
chaosFantasy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
How Asian....sorry i am asian heh.This is really good, watercolour right?
The face and body look's really stand out from the white background gives this clean pure look to it.
The best part would be the hair and face you are quite skill at painting.
And the crest is sweet as.
The way she hold the wand is kinda weird but i guess unique and nice shading too!
severnaya7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
This artwork has been featured here: Random Harry Potter Feature - Part II
2wingo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cho was NOT a weak crybaby. Yes, she cried a lot, but she had good reason to. She lost her beloved boyfriend (who didn't just die, but was MURDERED), and then started developing feelings for the man who not only was his rival (for the purposes of the book, he was, you can't deny), but was there when he died. She was emotionally confused, and Harry didn't help by acting like a tactless prat on their first date (although I have to admit, Cho decided to take Harry to the coffee shop where she had good memories of Cedric was pretty damn stupid). And then she got classified as a traitor via her association with Marietta, when her only crime was trying to defend a girl she'd been friends with for most of her life.

Let's kill off someone YOU love and put YOU through an emotional whirlwind, see if you don't feel like crying.
CBowdidge Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Thank you! SEriously, people need to cut Cho a break! And I'll also add that her boyfriend's murder was being covered up and used as propaganda and she was likely left to cope alone. So yes, she was a mess but not without reason. And as much as I do like Harry, he doesn't win any awards either, he spends most of OOTP only seeing his own pain, again, I don't blame him, but he was hardly perfect (though it's part of what makes him a good hero, he's human). I think people also forget or ignore that she did show up in TDH to help, she's a good person! Don't judge her by what was a terrible time for her.
eleanorquinn Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
This is the best Cho Chang realistic fan art I've ever seen as far,
I think this is prettier than the original :D
Yeah, I know what you feel.
(sorry bad English)
TottieWoodstock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Job!! I really like this Cho...
xYue-Mayx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love this. YA book need more strong female asian character! I've read ones with male characters, but almost none with females. Well, there is Eon: Dragoneye Rebon and Eona by allison goodman but that take place in China so there HAS to be asians in it (and I find that the main character can be annoying)
Intothemad Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Wow, she's beautiful! I wish I could've liked Cho, but just as you said: she was a weak crybaby. :[
TDMB2210 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
It's a beautiful picture, I find Cho very nice and happy in this picture.
In fact Cho is one my favourite characters in Harry Potter and I think Harry and Cho would have been a more nice couple than Harry and Ginny (they look like a walking Oedipus complex). The fact that Harry has broken up with Cho (the way it ended was sad) was probably the only thing in the HP books that disappointed me.
I'm agree with gryffgirl, "JKR flopped on a lot of the female characters and reduced them to female love interests".
Again, nice work ereya, it's a very nice picture.

PS n°1 : I'm not Asian but i'm agree with you ereya, there are not many books with Asian characters.
PS n°2 : Sorry if my English is bad, I’m French.
LukeCarvill Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
A lovely portrait of one my favourite characters, well done =D
AnnaDefiesGravity Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
I featured this work in my Ravenclaw-Group <3 [link] It's awesome :D
janach Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely Cho Chang, and realistically Asian. I can see why Harry was attracted to her.

And yes, she got a bum rap. Her boyfriend was murdered by Voldemort and she took up with Harry on the rebound before she was ready. Harry was a doofus, but I don't blame him for that. They're all doofuses at that age.

Besides, seeing Cho and Harry together doesn't make visions of the Oedipus complex dance in one's head.
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
This is a beautiful picture. I love her hair and face and the colors are fantastic. Actually, JKR flopped on a lot of the female characters (with the exceptions of Hermione, Luna and McGonagall). There were three female characters who seemed really cool at first (Cho, Ginny and Tonks) and then JKR just reduced them to female love interests, depressed puddles, or someone's mismatched partner. Why? :confused:
tru0001 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
If only Su Li made it into the book... hey Pavarti and Padma are technically asian too xD
Rethis Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Writer
Totally agree. I always said the same, she could be the best HP's girl, but... yeah, Rowling did again -.- (I'm not asian, but I really like this chara).
thelastfight Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist
THANK YOU! I had the EXACT same feeling when I was a kid, reading the HP books....and then she just disappointed me. This was probably the one thing in the HP books that let me down....:\ but GREAT pic! :D
Passin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Cut the girl some slack, we spent most of the time seeing her when she was grieving, a very HUMAN thing to do. Wonderful picture
Eva-Dragon-Goddess Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her pose makes her look very happy and ... bubbly (i think that's the right word), and enthusiastic C:
Also I think this picture is very amazingly realistic (and not many are skilled enough to pull off realistic and beautiful at the same time), so bravo!! Very well done c:

I read a lot of fantasy (correct that, I read only fantasy and am Asian too (i didn't know you were asian :O) and actually never noticed this ... o.O
pinkupikachu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
haha yah looks just like you!
caranthar Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Very pretty. I also tend to agree. On the upside, Dean Cain is part Asian. ;-)
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