Disney’s ‘Mulan’ faces criticism for filming in China’s Xinjiang region

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ faces criticism for filming in China’s Xinjiang region

Human rights activists are calling for a boycott of Disney’s new “Mulan” live action remake, after early viewers spotted — in the film’s credits — a Chinese security bureau involved in extrajudicial detentions of Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.

The end credits for “Mulan” include the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security, which was sanctioned by the U.S. Commerce Department last year for its role in operating what China describes as “reeducation” camps in the northwestern Xinjiang region. Several Xinjiang propaganda departments that have worked to deny the detention program’s existence are also credited.

Disney’s decision to film parts of “Mulan” in Xinjiang has been widely discussed on social media this week by academics and human rights activists, with some calling for a boycott.

“Imagine parts of a global blockbuster being filmed in the vicinity of minority villages, when [government] work teams are going door to door, asking questions, followed by mass internment by police,” Adrian Zenz, a leading researcher on Xinjiang policy, wrote on Twitter.