Representation seems to be Hollywood’s new favorite buzzword — but much like baking recipes or DIY apartment decor, it is easier said than done. Disney’s live-action Mulan falls in the unfortunate “could have done better” category. The film, which recently postponed its intended March 27 release amid the coronavirus outbreak, recently held its theatrical premiere and some of its costume director’s remarks have attracted backlash that speaks volumes about Chinese representation.

On March 10, Bina Daigeler, the costume director for the film, attended the red carpet premiere for the film in Hollywood and made a statement about the research she did for the film. Daigeler, a white woman who hails from Germany and has worked mostly in Spanish projects, told Variety, “We did a lot of research for this movie. I went to Europe to all the museums that had a Chinese department and…

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