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www.guilfordian.com: Loyal, brave, but untrue: Why Mulan (2020) is not ‘Empowering’

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My saving grace came with the rise of popularity in Korean dramas, music and overall Asian culture within the United States.

Many opportunists took the cultural wave, which festered on social media and in film culture, as a commercial platform, seizing Asian culture and profiting heavily off of it.

Many businesses produced movies and shows that were marketed to be representative, but were full of inaccurate portrayals that demeaned, parodied or diluted Asian culture.

An under-criticized element of “Mulan” was within its so-called “inclusivity.” Unlike its predecessors, “Parasite” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Mulan” was directed by Niki Caro, a Caucasian director.

This raises the question: how can a Caucasian director and team of Caucasian staff members decide what is or isn’t respectful towards Asian-Americans?

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