Professor Zhuoyi Wang | What Can the Compromised Progress of the Mulan Remake Tell Us About Cross-cultural Filmmaking?

About this episode

In 1998, Disney released Mulan, an animated take on a Chinese legend. The film tells the story of Mulan, a girl who impersonates a man to join the army. She shows bravery as she fights to save her kingdom. At the time, this was a breakthrough for Disney due to its positive portrayal of Chinese characters and strong women. Nevertheless, the film included many gender stereotypes and instances of cultural appropriation. In 2020, a live action remake of Mulan was released. Directed by feminist filmmaker Niki Caro, it aimed to be gender progressive and culturally appropriate. However, critics argued that it misrepresented Chinese culture, and perpetuated ethnic stereotypes. Given that the film tried to avoid these pitfalls, how did this happen? Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the paper ‘From Mulan (1998) to Mulan (2020): Disney Conventions, Cross-Cultural Feminist Intervention, and a Compromised Progress’, in a special issue of Arts. This can be found here:


For further information, you can connect with Professor Zhuoyi Wang at

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International LicenseCreative Commons License

What does this mean?

Share: You can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt: You can change, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Credit: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.

Are you ready to increase the impact of your research?

More episodes

Dr Richard Gunton | A Pluralistic Evaluation Framework that Responds to the Complex Challenges We Face

Societies across the world are facing complex sustainability challenges. We are changing the climate, over-consuming...

Professor Deborah Bleviss | Why a Long-admired Brazilian Public Transport System is More Relevant Than Ever

The Brazilian city of Curitiba became famous in the 1980s for its environmental strategies and public transportation...

Dr Yong Cheng | New Insights into How Blood Cells are Produced

During the production of new blood cells, stem cells first develop into progenitor cells. These progenitor cells...

Professor Xiaobei Li | How Companies Can Harness HR Management to Thrive in a Changing World

Companies today exist in a changing world, bringing both opportunities for growth and increasingly complex challenges....

Dr. Ze (Mia) Zhu | The Promise of Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions in Organizational Settings

The emotional state and job performance of an employee can greatly fluctuate over minutes, hours and days. Towards...

Dr Claudia Manzi – Dr Eleonora Crapolicchio | How Companies Can Retain Young Workers

Younger workers will have a far higher number of jobs throughout their careers, compared to previous generations....

Stay Up To Date With SciTube

Subscribe to receive our latest videos straight to your mailbox


Follow Us On: