Wanted Authorities are offering a reward of 1000 gold coins for the arrest of this twelve year old girl. She disguises herself as blind, and even though she is small, she is very dangerous. Information (that will lead to her arrest) will be rewarded.
Note: The name “Runaway” is not mentioned in the poster. The first part translates into “Apprehend fugitives” i.e. “Wanted”
Both, Katara and Toph, as well as Asami are wearing qi paos. The difference in style can be explained by the different time periods i.e. what Asami wears is the height of fashion in the 1920, whereas Katara’s and Toph’s are of a more traditional style. Both styles are appropriate for the situation they’re worn in i.e. a royal party or, in Asami’s case, her being the fashionable daughter of a rich industrialist visiting a fancy restaurant.
The cheongsam is known in Mandarin as the Qi Pao. The stylish and often tight-fitting cheongsam that we know today was created in the 1920s in Shanghai and was made fashionable by socialites and upperclass women. The qipao is the traditional dress of the Manchu, not the Han Chinese, but became common during the Manchu rule (Qing Dynasty). Traditional Han dress is the hanfu.
Sorry to bust beloved fanon, but according to her passport Toph does not hold any kind of aristocratic title. Titles are frequently stated in the show, be it Avatar, Prince, King or Master. Her passport not showing any means that her family appears to be ‘just’ filthy rich and not noble/royal.
My best guess on what’ First Class’ means is ‘I’m not one of those filthy Lower Ring fugitives’.
Throughout all atla nations we can see people wear different types of hanfu.
Hanfu汉服 or Han Chinese Clothing, or Chinese Silk Robe refers to the historical dress of the Han Chinese people, which was worn for millennia before the conquest by the Manchus and the establishment of the Qing Dynasty in 1644.
The style we see Toph and her mother wear is from the Tang dynasty.
Ever wondered how Toph managed to sneak out at night without her parents noticing?
The layout of the Bei Fong mansion follows the Siheyuan i.e. the traditional Chinese courtyard house.Take a look at the other layouts. Siheyuan come in all sizes —according to the owners’ wealth and status— the basic layout stays the same, it just gets multiplied if the place gets bigger and additional parts get added if there’s more family or money.
The siheyuan dates back as early as the Western Zhou period, and has a history of over 2,000 years.They exhibit outstanding and fundamental characteristics of Chinese architecture. They exist all across China and are the template for most Chinese architectural styles. The layout of a simple courtyard represents traditional Chinese morality and Confucian ethics. In Beijing, four buildings in a single courtyard receive different amounts of sunlight. The northern main building receives the most, thus serving as the living room and bedroom of the owner or head of the family. The eastern and western side buildings receive less, and serve as the rooms for children or less important members of the family. The southern building receives the least sunlight, and usually functions as a reception room and the servants’ dwelling, or where the family would gather to relax, eat or study. The backside building is for unmarried daughters and female servants: because unmarried girls were not allowed direct exposure to the public, they occupied the most secluded building in the siheyuan.
What does that mean for Toph and her family?
Take a look at the layout of their house(ses) and garden. Her parents live in the biggest house in back (since there seem to be no older/higher ranking members of the Bei Fongs present or living there). Toph herself would not live in the same house with them but in the smaller one next to it.
Ever wondered how she was able to sneak out? Much easier to do when you do not sleep next to your parent’s or your nanny’s bedroom.
The house at the garden gate is for receptions and potentially also where dinner was served.
Aang, Katara and Sokka most likely got given a room in one of the houses on the left or right.
The hallmarks of the Wong Fei-Hung lineage of Hung Ga are deep low stances, notably its “sei ping ma” horse stance, and strong hand techniques, notably the bridge hand and the versatile tiger claw.