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The first time I heard of Fa Mulan was at Sunday Chinese school when I was about ten years old After learning about so many great men in Chinese history like Confucius and Mencius It was wonderful to learn about a heroic courageous and young Chinese woman I was amazed at how Mulan was able to impersonate a man and fight in a war so that her father did not have to In 1998 when I heard that Disney was coming out with a cartoon version of Mulan I thought it was great Americans and the world would be introduced to Chinese culture and folklore and people would be exposed to a heroic independent and vibrant Asian woman The movie was very successful and Mulan 2 will be released in the near future In general I liked the movie and found it entertaining However watching it again this past weekend I found that it was full of stereotypic representations of Chinese and Orientals In the movie there are certain characters like Mulan who speak perfect English Even Mulans grandmother has a strong American accent However some characters such as the Emperors counselor have a thick and stereotypic Chinese accent I am almost positive that the voice of this character was that of the Chinese restaurant host in one particular episode of Seinfeld Seinfeld party of three In the movie there is also a big problem of mixing and blending Chinese and Japanese cultures When Mulan meets with a matchmaker her face is painted white making her look much more Japanese than Chinese Her father has a traditional Japanese hairstyle and his armor looks like Japanese Samurai armor Throughout the movie there are many references made to typical Chinese-American take-out food Mulans loud and obnoxious sidekick is a tiny dragon named Mu Shu as in Mu Shu Pork Towards the end of the movie Mu Shu yells out to the ghosts of Mulans ancestors
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