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Fu Manchu fury in China over Marvelís Asian superhero origin
Today Online ^ | 12/06/2018

Posted on 12/06/2018 9:05:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind

HONG KONG — An angry Chinese public is accusing Marvel Studios of “insulting China” after learning that its first Asian superhero on the big screen will be the son of Fu Manchu, the offensive fictional character who has become a shorthand for racial stereotyping.

Chinese-American screenwriter Mr Dave Callaham, whose movie credits include 1984’s Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, is working on a script for a film showcasing Shang-Chi, who first appeared in Marvel’s comics in the 1970s.

According to Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is expecting Shang-Chi, also known as the Master of Kung Fu in the Marvel universe, to “break out in a way similar to Black Panther earlier this year”.

Hollywood, the online publication said, was coming to realise the importance of Asian identity following this summer’s hit Crazy Rich Asians.

However, when translated reports of the news reached Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, the online community was unimpressed.

“You used Fu Manchu to insult China back in the day, now you are using Fu’s son to earn Chinese people’s money, how smart,” one internet user wrote.

Fu was a fictional villain who first appeared in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer during the early 20th century.

The character sparked accusations of western racism and orientalism, with protesting Asian Americans describing the depiction as offensive, in its reliance on “yellow peril” and Asian-centric xenophobia.

Another commenter on Weibo wrote: “It’s common in American comics that a superhero is the son or daughter of an evil villain, but the problem is Fu Manchu has already become a symbol of discrimination against the Chinese.

“There are many other Asian characters they could choose from but they had to choose this, it’s no wonder they are being criticised.”

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: china; fumanchu; marvel; superhero
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Ironically, Marvel originally tried to acquire the rights to Kung Fu, the popular 1970s martial arts television drama.

When Marvel failed in its bid, it instead bought the rights to Fu Manchu, as part of its ambition to create a superhero based on martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Lee missed out on the leading role in Kung Fu in favour of a non-Chinese actor named David Carradine.

1 posted on 12/06/2018 9:05:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu, the fictional character today regarded as an offensive depiction of a racist Chinese stereotype.


2 posted on 12/06/2018 9:07:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind (look at Michigan, it will)
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Fu Manchu wasn’t the hero, he was the villain. Dennis Neyland Smith, the good guy, was the hero.


3 posted on 12/06/2018 9:08:50 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: SeekAndFind

I never knew that! I knew when Gulacy took over the art for MoKF, Shang Chi began looking more and more like Lee, but didn’t know the backstory. Thanks!

As for “offending”, people nowadays forget the impact some of those movies and shows had on kids back then. “Kung Fu”, “Green Hornet”, “Master of Kung Fu”, “Sons of the Tiger”, Sax Rohmer’s writings... kids didn’t see anythings racist in those things, but more than a few of us became interested in Asian history and culture. My friends and I tried to learn shogi because we saw it in a comic.

Of course, that’s cultural appropriation now, I guess.


4 posted on 12/06/2018 9:15:36 AM PST by Retrofitted
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Lee missed out on the leading role in Kung Fu in favour of a non-Chinese actor named David Carradine.

Who, ironically, died in Thailand of 'self asphyxiation'.................

5 posted on 12/06/2018 9:18:20 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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Holy crap.

I guess villains can’t be anyone but white people.


6 posted on 12/06/2018 9:19:19 AM PST by struggle
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A fan of Sax Rohmer, I see.

Reminds me that I got to move the audio book to my replacement mp3 player to finish it.

7 posted on 12/06/2018 9:22:36 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SeekAndFind
Marvel could have chosen the great-great-grandson of Genghis Khan:


8 posted on 12/06/2018 9:22:46 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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“everybody was kung fu fighting...Those fists were fast as lighting...”


9 posted on 12/06/2018 9:25:00 AM PST by shotgun
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If they don’t like this, they’re gonna hate the all Chinese ‘Dukes of Hazard’.


10 posted on 12/06/2018 9:31:07 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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They’d better change the father to Charlie Chan to settle things down, I guess.


11 posted on 12/06/2018 9:34:30 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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Whatever.

The original writers of most comics were Jewish and enjoyed casting Jews as villains: Magneto, Lex Luther (sometimes Episcopalian or sometimes nothing), the Joker (sometimes), and Harley Quinn (observantly so, refusing to commit crime on Yom Kippur , etc.

Somehow we survived the pain (sarcasm).


12 posted on 12/06/2018 9:43:29 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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p03
13 posted on 12/06/2018 9:51:24 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: NativeSon
"they’re gonna hate the all Chinese ‘Dukes of Hazard’"

They are already casting:


14 posted on 12/06/2018 9:54:20 AM PST by BeauBo
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BOING!


15 posted on 12/06/2018 9:57:37 AM PST by Ronald_Magnus
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Who’s gonna play ‘daisy’??? :P


16 posted on 12/06/2018 9:58:32 AM PST by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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You know the old joke, which we can’t tell these days:

“Many man smoke, many man drink, but Fu Manchu.”

And the Chicomms can drop dead. Maybe we can help arrange it.


17 posted on 12/06/2018 10:02:07 AM PST by TBP (Progressives lack compassion and tolerance. Their self-aggrandizement is all that matters.)
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To: shotgun

I think I’ll grow me a fu man chu
It’s what I really really want to do
And if I grow me a fu man chu
Guess what I’m gonna do?


18 posted on 12/06/2018 10:12:10 AM PST by 9422WMR
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To: SeekAndFind

So change his back story. Make him the son of Tai Nee Wong and Wun Dum Ho.


19 posted on 12/06/2018 10:30:25 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation has ended!)
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To: struggle

If you know the stories—Fu Manchu wasn’t Chinese—He was an Egyptian to pretended to be Chinese for power and wealth.


20 posted on 12/06/2018 11:41:57 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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