Yun Jin received mixed responses from the community for her unique voice and unsatisfied players along with some reactions.
Kodoani.com – On December 26, 2021, the developers of Genshin Impact broadcast a special for the game’s 2.4 update on YouTube. The live stream is over 30 minutes long and introduces new content, characters, and even special codes that players can use to get free gifts.
One of the characters that received attention in this broadcast was Yun Jin, a 4-star character and the head of the Yun-Han Drama Troupe in Liyue. In her introduction, she sang a short poem in the style of Chinese opera and was met with mixed reactions from the players. Genshin Impact.
The split of the Genshin Impact Community
A common aspect of Chinese opera, which has many variations across regions of the country, is that singers often perform their songs with intense projection and high timbre. This is exactly how Yun Jin was introduced in her character segment, causing many viewers to react with confusion, surprise, or laughter, including some of the popular Genshin Impact streamers.
These reactions prompted other members of the community to speak up, emphasizing that it was rude to respond to the character’s vocals with laughter or profanity. Others have even argued that doing so is racist because Yun Jin is representing a lesser-known aspect of Chinese culture.
Since then, several Genshin Impact streamers reacting to Yun Jin’s singing have released videos to talk about the situation. Some went into detail about how you don’t like Yun Jin’s singing style, especially since it’s so common, but mocking it isn’t okay. As for streamers facing backlash, they spoke out against those calling them racist, saying it’s completely acceptable to be taken aback by Yun’s unique singing style. Jin .
How miHoYo created Yun Jin
It is worth noting that when miHoYo first started creating Yun Jin’s character, the developers knew that Chinese opera would be an integral part of her personality. The developer studied various aspects of Chinese opera and used these aspects to build upon Yun Jin’s overall animation and design. In miHoYo’s behind-the-scenes video for the character, miHoYo also said that miHoYo wanted Yun Jin to introduce a niche Chinese art form to a wider audience – and this appeared to be a success.
Now that Yun Jin’s character has been released, Genshin Impact players have played through her quest. Many people have expressed how much they love it and her voice, and some even say that she is the gateway for them to learn more about Chinese opera. This is a clear sign that miHoYo has done what it set out to do with Yun Jin.
This new interest is all the more relevant when the art of Chinese opera was nearly wiped out after an event of the Cultural Revolution. Today, even local governments struggle to popularize it in the country. Despite that, all it took was to release a single character to get people from all over the world to talk about Chinese opera. It just shows how influential game developers are and how important it is for consumers to keep an open mind about art forms and cultures that are different from their own.
At the end of the day, it’s okay to be surprised at something unexpected (which Yun Jin’s singing is certainly for many people), and it’s also not racist when one doesn’t like a certain person. the art form is not to their liking. However, something needs to be said about the importance of trying to understand someone else’s culture, and mocking Yun Jin’s voice or responding to it with a series of obscene words indicates a disappointment. failed to do so.
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