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Disney film 'Mulan' faces backlash amid geopolitical issues

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Disney's new remake of "Mulan" was tailored to appeal to audiences in China. It stars big-name Chinese-born actors like Jet Li, Gong Li and Donnie Yen, and the story itself is based on an old Chinese folk tale. And while the plot is set during the Han dynasty, today's geopolitical issues have added an unexpected bit of drama. The movie is mired in controversy for political reasons ranging from China's human rights record to its crackdown in Hong Kong.

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Meanwhile in Myanmar, two deserters of the army have confessed to carrying out atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in 2017. The United Nations and human rights groups previously described the campaign as genocide. While Myanmar's leadership has long denied the allegations, this amounts to the first admission from a member of the country's military.

Plus, South Korea's tattoo artists are fighting for legalisation. While tattooing is not illegal in itself, it may be carried out only by a fully qualified doctor. Critics say the law is outdated and hypocritical as tattoos are now mainstream. It also leaves tens of thousands of tattoo artists vulnerable to prosecution, raids, fines or even blackmail by dissatisfied clients.

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