As Asian Americans continue to confront racism and xenophobia amid a pandemic, the 2020 release of “Mulan” comes when many members of the community — mainly Chinese Americans — sorely need some reassurance about their own identity.
For the past six months, Asian Americans have experienced increasing instances of hate crimes and discrimination, causing some to question whether their cultural roots will ever be accepted in a country that supposedly welcomes immigrants.
“For many (including myself), it’s more of a sentimental journey to the 1998 animated film,” Simon Tam, founder and bassist of the Asian American band The Slants, told In The Know.
As such, the movie’s storyline, which slightly differs from that of the animated film, doesn’t feel like an honest retelling of a legendary tale.
The film fails to fully capture cultural nuances (such as filial piety and emphasis on social harmony) that make the Asian — or, more specifically, the Chinese — community unique.