Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in Mulan credits

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Meanwhile, Mulan has drawn a fresh wave of criticism for being filmed partly in Xinjiang, the region in China where Uighur Muslims were allegedly detained in mass internment camps.

Disney's Mulan is the story of a woman who overcomes systemic oppression to serve her country.

"We urge people around the world to boycott the new Mulan movie", he told Reuters yesterday.

"[It's] deeply disturbing that Disney thought it was okay to partner with, and also thank, government departments, specifically propaganda departments, and a public security bureau from a region in China that is complicit with genocide", said Isaac Stone Fish, senior fellow at the Asia Society, a NY based non-profit organization focused on raising awareness of Asia.

Jeannette Ng, a writer and novelist from the United Kingdom, posted a screenshot of the film credits on social media, noting that Xinjiang was "the place where the cultural genocide is happening". She noted that Mulan "filmed extensively" in the region.

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The movie premiered on Disney+ this past Friday, and some viewers noticed that Disney offered their gratitude to eight government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, where China is said to have over a dozen "re-education camps" in operation.

The Chinese government has acknowledged their existence, saying that they are part of the programme to fight "extremism" in the northwestern region. But by playing nice with the Chinese Communist Party and its censors, Disney has tied itself to Chinese government entities that are linked to Uighur Muslim detention camps. Reports say the film had a production budget of $200m - the most expensive film ever made by a female director.

Wong, the Hong Kong activist, accused Disney of "kowtowing" to China, citing Liu and another actor's support for police in the territory and the movie's credits mentioning state organisations in Xinjiang.

It has led to renewed calls for a boycott of the film, which also came under fire past year when Chinese actress Liu Yifei, who plays Mulan, voiced support for Hong Kong's police force during pro-democracy protests. He accused her of turning a blind eye to "police brutality" in the territory. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times praised it as "beautiful. even in the small screen".

Disney did not respond to a request for comment from CNN Business to its media inquiry line, and to U.S. press officers about the film and the credits.

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