The evolution of comic book movies have gone from just being in the theaters and possible number one hits, to almost guaranteed number one blockbusters to television hits. Like books, certain things aren't going to be accurate. It's almost impossible to remain 100% accurate to the source material and have a good movie fit into two hours or less or a twelve to twenty-four episode season. So you sometimes have to cut corners and it's completely understandable. One thing that will remain befuddling to me is when the race, religion, or sexual preference is changed only to sell tickets.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez said it best when she said to create new characters instead of taking old characters and changing who they are. Some characters may get a change and because they aren't major players or are important and giving them a new race or changing what they represent isn't that big of a deal. Steve Rogers, Luke Cage, Northstar, and T'Challa are all characters that should stay who they are because they are representatives of their race, creed, etc. Steve Rogers is proof that just because you are born in a time of segregation and depression doesn't mean that everyone is a racist bigot. While newbies like Miles Morales (Black and Latino Spider-Man) and Kamala Khan (Muslim new Ms. Marvel) have been given the seal of approval from their namesakes and usher in a new era of change but have not completely taken over their namesake. Change is good when it helps bring attention to a group. But when it takes away from something that is needed it's negative. That said, Danny Rand The Iron Fist should remain a white American.
Daniel "Danny" Rand is the son of a wealthy family who ended up being taught the ways of martial arts in the mystical city of K'un-Lun after his parents died in the mountains. Danny ended up becoming business partners and best of friends with a Harlem raised superhero named Luke Cage. The two got so close that Danny ended up becoming god father Luke and his wife Jessica's daughter Danielle (named after Danny Rand). With all of the racial tension going on this country between black and white Americans, keeping Danny white would be a great way to show solidarity between two people whohave two completely different upbringings and ways of living. Of all the Marvel characters and maybe characters in general, they represent true friendship. They don't always see eye to eye...actually, they rarely see eye to eye, but they trust each other inexplicably and always have each other's backs.
Making Danny Rand Asian American isn't a good idea in my humble opinion. It would take away from what the two are and also subtracts from what makes their friendship so unique. If Netflix and Marvel wants an Asian or Asian American character, there a lot to choose from that are perfect for the Netflix shows. Shang Chi The Master of Kung-Fu is a perfect example. As the phrase goes, if it isn't broke, than don't fix it. Worked for me and Paul.