Why I’m Boycotting the “Mulan” Movie

And I don’t boycott anything.

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Demonstrator at protest in front of Walt Disney Korea in July.

Disney memories

As a little girl, “Aladdin” and “Mulan” excited me. Strong brown and Asian women dominated a Disney movie. I loved Jasmine and Mulan taking charge of their own lives despite the confines of a patriarchal culture that tried to stop them. Both were independent characters, but Mulan took that independence further than any Disney heroine I remember by saving men, instead of the other way around.

The Uighurs

The Uighurs have had a troubled history with China. Tensions between them and the majority, Han Chinese, have percolated for years. In Xinjiang, oil and resources have attracted the Han Chinese who have sidelined the Uighurs in their homeland. After riots in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi, where 200 people lost their lives, the Chinese government took hard action against the Uighurs.

The Disney connection

Since Disney filmed parts of “Mulan” in Xinjiang, in the closing credits, they thanked a public security bureau located in Turpan, where experts believe the internment camps operate. Production designers spent months researching in Urumqi. “It’s a small world after all” when Disney conducts business as usual in an area where major human rights violations happen.

The stand I take

This underlying hypocrisy and my value for human life lead me to avoid this film and avoid the brands that use the cotton obtained through slave labor.

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Former teacher who retired early to pursue a passion for writing. Personal development content writer and fiction author. Dog mom. www.sameenakmughal.com

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