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Tuesday, April 05, 2022 

Shang Chi movie actor won't sign Master of Kung Fu comics the film is based on at convention

According to the Phillippines-based Inquirer, Simu Liu, star of Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was adapted from Master of Kung Fu, doesn't want to sign any copies of the original comics at a convention he's attending:
In an announcement made by ACE Experience, where they excitedly confirmed the appearance of the cast, they also noted to fans that the Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu will not be signing any comic books that are deemed offensive, specifically the original Shang-Chi by Marvel Comics’ which ran from 1974-1983 stating, “Simu Liu will not sign any Master of Kung Fu comics or other comics deemed offensive, and all autographs from Simu will be signed in English only.”

[...] The comics featured an East Asian protagonist, but the series was filled with many cultural offensive stereotypes, mainly the use of yellow peril tropes, a known racial color metaphor that is commonly used to depict East and Southeast Asians as somewhat of a threat to Western countries. This is most notable in the character of Fu Manchu, Shang-Chi’s father, who is deemed by many as the “yellow peril incarnate.” Fu Manchu actually first appeared as a racist caricature in a series of novels created by British author Sax Rohmer, namely, Fu-Manchu: The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu.

As Simu Liu stands on his ground in not condoning any mockery of his culture, truly the actor is the superhero we all need, as he has always proven himself as a fighter for Asian rights and culture even in the past, and now the he has become the first lead Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he makes sure to strongly use his platform to continue to break down barriers in the film industry.
Nobody denies the source material used for creation of Shang Chi's dad was in questionable taste, but even so, it seems rather strange Liu's making such a point of damning the very comics that led to the movie he starred in. Were it not for MOKF, he might not have made the achievements he did in the past year. Or, why take up the role if he doesn't like the original source material? This sounds an awful lot like perpetuating the wokeness mentality, no matter how much of an absurd disconnect it leads to with the comics this film was based upon. If MOKF was a mockery of Asian culture, why even bother to make it all into a movie, and why not learn from the source material how to develop better portraits of Asian culture by distinguishing between what works or doesn't?

At worst, what this approach Liu's taking is implying he's another PC type of person in Hollywood who's ashamed of the comics they're adapting from. This is exactly why comicdom's had such a hard time convincing the mainstream to accept specific ideas past comics have worked on, while making distinctions between what's valid or not. The PC mainstream's biggest problem being that it won't recognize ordinary humans are capable of making mistakes but also capable of learning from them.

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