My #1 Gripe With Firefly (as of episode 7)

None of the actors speak Mandarin that well, and the inclusion of Mandarin alongside current commonly-accepted Chinese indicators - such as the fabrics, cut of clothing, food & use of chopsticks - don’t reflect a great familiarity with the either Chinese or the diaspora cultures. What’s more the inclusion of Mandarian and these signifiers are annoying because Joss Whedon (as much as I enjoy his work) didn’t see fit to give anyone remotely Chinese a speaking part (as of episode 7.)

  1. tronlives reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis
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  3. megachiropteran reblogged this from whatfreshhellisthis and added:
    Yep. I think there may possibly be a pair of “villains”/shady dudes who give Mal a hard time about their tendency to run...
  4. whatfreshhellisthis reblogged this from xtremecaffeine and added:
    Yeah, the fact that there are no Chinese people especially/even among the wealthy and influential nobs and snobs is and...
  5. xtremecaffeine reblogged this from ginnungagapvin and added:
    There are Chinese people - but they only show up in the background. Plus the level of integration seems skewed for that...
  6. ginnungagapvin reblogged this from existentialcrisisfactory and added:
    I just want to posit this one unlikely but possible reason to why there is Chinese culture without Chinese characters....
  7. grrspit reblogged this from existentialcrisisfactory and added:
    THIS SO MUCH! Sorry kids, but Joss Whedon being awesome (which, in my humble opinion, is debatable) does not excuse that...
  8. existentialcrisisfactory reblogged this from xtremecaffeine and added:
    This is something that really bothers me about the show. I totally get the idea that Chinese culture and language would...