ladies who should be playing mythical head bitches in charge | ZHANG ZIYI as HUA MULAN, the legendary chinese warrior who took her father’s place, who fought among the best of the empire and commanded them, whom men called general.

When the emperor offers her all the gold she can spend and all the honors that her name can carry, she refuses. Her hands are still stained with the blood of the empire’s enemies, her name is whispered by the peasants in the fields and by the nobles at court, and her eyes have learnt to sweep her surroundings for the errant fall of a leaf, for the snap of a twig - she has no quiet within her. When the emperor offers her a place at court, when the emperor offers her everlasting glory by royal decree, she refuses. I have slayed your enemies, she thinks. I have let them taste the steel of my sword and kissed them with the tips of my arrows. I have already made my name, and it is one that shall be remembered past the remembrance of yours; my name will live when your tomb fades into the dust of the earth. “I desire only one thing, my king,” she says. “Let me have peace.”

Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’

“On the heels of the magical success of Disney’s live-action Cinderella, the studio is eyeing another live-action retelling: Mulan.

Disney bought a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in Disney’s 1998 animated film…”

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history meme: three of six women - hua mulan

Hua Mulan is a legendary figure from ancient China who was originally described in a Chinese poem known as the Ballad of Mulan. In the poem, Hua Mulan takes her aged father’s place in the army. She fought for twelve years and gained high merit, but she refused any reward and retired to her hometown instead.

The historical setting of Hua Mulan is uncertain. Xu Wei’s play version from the 16th century places her in the Northern Wei dynasty (386–536), whereas the later romance Sui Tang Yanyi has her active around the founding of the Tang, ca. 620. The novel is consistent insofar as it describes Mulan’s father as stemming from the people of the Northern Wei.

anonymous asked:

Would a white person cosplaying mulan (as Ping) be inappropriate? I was debating doing it because she's one of my favorite characters and I wasn't going to do any makeup at all (because she wouldn't have worn any either) is that offensive? Thanks!

This is my personal opinion: You probably should not. In my eyes, Mulan (and even Disney’s Mulan*) cannot be separated from her Chineseness. It’s integral to her story, her environment, to the values she holds and her motivations due to these values. I honestly do not know much about cosplay, but it would rub me the wrong way to see a white person cosplaying as Mulan. Not to mention that there are a LOT of white Disney princesses out there you could cosplay as. If any of our Chinese followers want to add on, feel free to do so.

*very different from the original Hua Mulan but anyway…

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