While it’s true that this ends up being a classic case of Whitewashing via voice acting, it wasn’t something that Mormon children in Utah were truly aware of at the time — even though now we know it’s wrong.
Instead, our parents just really seemed to love Mulan (likely due to Osmond), and we ended up watching that more than some other Disney movies of the era — maybe more often than non-Mormon kids?
But understand why we love him as much as we do — Donny Osmond was part of “The Osmonds“, the other family band in the Jackson 5 era. They enjoyed most of their success in the 1970s and 1980s, selling over 100 million records worldwide.
So while everyone else had moved on from Mulan, Asians — and Mormons — just couldn’t because we love it and Li Shang so dang much.
So we’re all taking this news pretty hard… but we’re all in this together.
Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.
Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.
However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.
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