In September, Disney released a live-action version of its 1998 cartoon feature Mulan, based on Chinese folklore about a young woman who pretends to be a boy so that she can fight in her father’s place when he’s conscripted into the army. It’s a tale about cleverness, bravery, and familial love overcoming hardships brought about by a violent and overbearing government.
That makes Disney’s choice of a filming location—Xinjiang—even more of a slap in the face. Xinjiang is the region where China has been holding Uighurs in concentration camps and subjecting them and other Muslim minorities to human rights abuses.
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