The live-action adaptation of the 1998 Disney animated movie, Mulan, is earning a lot of criticisms recently after it was found that some scenes in the movie were shot in Xinjiang, a region in China.
Xinjiang is known as the place where the Uighur Muslims are allegedly being abused and oppressed by China.
Last year, its main actress, Liu Yifei aired her support for the Hong Kong Police and its violent crackdown of anti-government protesters.
This revelation about the actress did not sit well with the international community, and a call to boycott and ban the movie followed.
However, Disney still pushed through with the production.
Fast forward to 2020, and people are calling to boycott and ban the movie again, not only because its main actress supports the Hong Kong Police, but also because of its link to the Uighur ethnic group in China.
At the forefront of this call is the milk tea alliance which includes young anti-China activists from Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
The milk tea alliance used the hashtags #BoycottMulan and #BanMulan on Twitter.
Things You Need To Know About The Uighurs And Their Current Situation
The Uighurs are a Turkic-speaking Muslim group from Central Asia.
Moreover, a huge number of Uighurs live in the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, in the north-western part of China.
In 1949, China annexed Xinjiang, and Han Chinese began migrating to the region.
This migration lessened the number of Uighurs in the region.
In the past, Uyghurs outnumbered the Hans in Xinjiang, as per the Conversation.
However, since its annexation, that number greatly dropped.
China is recently under international scrutiny among many things, and one of them is its treatment of the Uighur people.
According to a Guardian report, China forces Uighur women to undergo birth control through the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs).
In addition, China allegedly detained around one million Uighur citizens in concentration camps, as per the Guardian.