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I was watching Disney's Mulan the other day. In the movie they say that the hans are invading. And I thought that was strange because I read that Chinese people are called hans, hence they speak hanyu - han speech. So I am wondering what this is all about; are they talking about different hans in the movie and if so why would they call them the same thing - that's kinda strange. Who are these Hans in the movie?



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Also nice that the Big Bad is called Khan, while Mulan's horse is called Shanyu. Which is Chinese for Khan. Who knows how many people, knowledgable and not, messed with that movie before it was finished.

The Xiongnu, who were a threat to China during the Han, are sometimes thought to be the same people as the Huns who ransacked Rome (after being driven away from China). I'm not sure who Mulan fought, in the Chinese stories it wasn't the Xiongnu I think.

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