Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Photo: Disney via AP Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Photo: Disney via AP
Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Photo: Disney via AP
Sin Wen Lau
Opinion

Opinion

Sin Wen Lau and Shih-Wen Sue Chen

Disney’s Mulan tells women if they know their place, they can ‘have it all’

  • Disney’s adaptation is a more conservative telling of an ancient story – and the place of women – than some historical Chinese renditions
  • While Mulan might claim to be a tale of female empowerment, ultimately this film is about how women will only be rewarded if they know their place

Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Photo: Disney via AP Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Photo: Disney via AP
Liu Yifei in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan. Photo: Disney via AP
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Sin Wen Lau

Sin Wen Lau

Sin Wen Lau is Senior Lecturer in the Chinese Programme at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her research interests include the anthropology of China, religion, gender, children and youth.

Shih-Wen Sue Chen

Shih-Wen Sue Chen

Dr Shih-Wen Sue Chen is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. Her research focuses on British and Chinese children's literature and culture from the mid-19th century to the present.