"Criticisms of the movie include its historical and geographical
inaccuracies, an undertone of Islamophobia, and a misrepresentation of
qi (life force).
Also concerning, but less visible, is how Disney’s Mulan is a more
conservative telling of an ancient story – and the place of women – than
some historical Chinese renditions. While Mulan might claim to be a tale
of female empowerment, ultimately this film is about how women will only
be rewarded if they know their place."
"Rather than being a story of female empowerment, Mulan promotes the
idea that women must put male authority figures before themselves to
The story of Mulan hasn’t always sent this message. In a version by the
17th century author Chu Renhuo, set at the end of the Sui Dynasty
(581-618), Xianniang is a warrior princess who becomes Mulan’s sworn
sister. They lead a group of women soldiers and travel together. This
friendship is absent from the Disney film."
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