Edited By Michael B. Hinner
Portraits of the Woman Warrior: Cultural Values in Disney and Chinese Stories of Mulan
By Jing Yin
Jing Yin notes that in the process of globalization, U.S. American culture has expanded across the globe. This expansion is often marked by substantially reshaping public imaginary around the world, and it has left an imprint on social life in the global community. The author points out that Disney’s movie Mulan is an example of the U.S. culture industry’s appropriation of non-Western culture material (i.e. the Chinese Ballad of Mulan) that has influenced the imagery of non-Western culture (i.e. Chinese culture) in the mind of world audiences.
The film depicts a strong and independent girl which represents the current treatment of feminism in popular culture. The film also had considerable impact on how Western audiences perceive Chinese culture. The author sets out to examine how Disney subjected the Chinese legend of Mulan to Western ideals while also interpreting the original Chinese version of the Ballad of Mulan to see how it compares to the portrayal in the Disney film.
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