When the Sui Dynasty began to collapse in 617, an aristocrat named Li Yuan saw his opportunity. Li Yuan was merely governor of a northern province. But he had greater dreams. Li Yuan gathered an army and marched on the capital city of Chang’an. He put a new child emperor on the throne, but Li Yuan…
"…Part of the mechanics of oppressing people is to pervert them to the extent that they become the instruments of their own oppression."
I remember I watched the documentary where this is from. It was about the history of the creation of gangs in California and this was the one quote that really stuck to me
Translation: A tiger’s offspring is a tiger.
Meaning: The apple doesn’t fall far from a tree.
Background: This this was commonly used in reference to Jean-Claude Duvalier, aka Baby Doc. When someone expressed disappointment to find that Baby Doc was just as ruthless as his father Papa Doc, they would often hear “Pitit tig se tig" as a reply. See also "Menm kout baton an" meaning "Same damn thing."
This is the only testament to the existance of a once-sprawling empire. The Ghurid Dynasty ruled from Afghanistan to northern India in the 1100s and 1200s, and was wiped out by the Mongols in 1222. All that remained were legends and this minaret, apparently alone in an empty valley.
Notice how Shan Yu doesn’t even question it or make a comment about “BUT YOU’RE A GIRL” he just instantly goes into a “I’LL TEACH YOU TO KILL MY MEN AND STEAL MY VICTORY” rage and I think about this a lot sometimes
((Well that might have to do with the fact that he’s a Hun. Women among the Huns had higher status than their Chinese counterparts and even some of their own men. Women were free to hunt and fight along side of the men, could choose their own husbands and divorce him if she choose to. There were even records of clans being led by women leaders. So for Shan Yu Mulan is just another soldier))
#i’m glad someone pointed that out#nomads have pretty much always been better about equality than their sedentary neighbors#also fun thing: one of the reasons the mongols never really assimilated was that mongol women flat out refused to participate in misogynistic chinese culture
LITERALLY CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST FUCKING READ
"misogynistic chinese culture" WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. THIS MOVIE IS SO GROSSLY ORIENTALIST AND RACIST LIKE??? NEWSFLASH: MULAN WASN’T SHAMED OR SHIT ON WHEN SHE REVEALED HER TRUE GENDER. SHE WAS OFFERED A REWARD AND CHOSE TO GO HOME. THAT’S IT. IF YOU DON’T KNOW TWO SHITS ABOUT CHINESE CULTURE SHUT THE FUCK UP. SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP CALLING MY CULTURE "MISOGYNISTIC" WHEN IT OPERATES SO DIFFERENTLY FROM WESTERN CULTURE
HEY AND FUCK YOU—PEOPLE WERE FUCKING SLAUGHTERED UNDER MONGOL RULE. PARTS OF OUR CULTURE SHITTED ON. But nah, who fucking CARES. CUZ THE MONGOLS WERE SOOOOO GREAT AT GENDER EQUALITY LOLOLOL give me a FUCKING break
And stop stop what the FUCK this movie literally portrays Mongols as gray hulking evil beasts—look, their form is barely fucking human. Like how is this not racist?
You’re going to shit on MY culture and call it sexist for shit YOU KNOW 0 ABOUT, and then you’re gonna just ignore the blatant racism perpetrated against the people you’re praising.
Shut the fuck up. Mulan is not and never was about feminism. Stop trying to fucking warp my culture into your fucking little white feminism views. Sit the fuck down.
*rolls eyes* Crusader for Chinese culture here. Just because it operates outside of Western society doesn’t mean its inherently non-misogynistic. Case in point:
Also Mongol =/= Huns