X (formerly Twitter) Perspectives on Gender and Cultural Representation in Mulan (2020) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

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  • Inequalities in gender and cultural representation are still prevalent throughout much of society and although these issues are becoming more widely recognized, progress in these areas has been largely stagnant. In recent years, Hollywood has been faced with strong public backlash and increased pressure to show a commitment to improving diversity within gender and cultural representation. However, it is not enough to just improve the quantity of representation, the quality has to be improved as well. This study aims to understand how improve the quality of gender and cultural representation by examining public responses on the platform X to two recent movies: Mulan (2020) and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021). Examining the data by applying Critical Discourse Analysis through an intersectional framework revealed important insight into how representation can be improved going forward. The results showed that on-screen representation lacks authenticity if it is not supported with appropriate representation behind the screen as well. Further analysis showed that in order to achieve appropriate representation, the intersectionality of gender and culture must be considered because it is not enough to prioritize one form of representation over the other. These findings demonstrate the complexities of representation and help to address the gap in research on gender and cultural representation in an Asian context.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International