[Kung Fu Panda 2 is a movie about an easy going, goofy Panda who is tasked with defending all of China from evil. He is clearly not up to the task and he is constantly being doubted, but this unlikely hero always keeps his head up and his methodical methods always work out eventually. Besides other more obvious similarities to Winnie the Pooh, the dragon warrior's name is Po. Pooh and Po don't just sound similar, they both have a very deep connection to Daoism. In The Dao of Pooh, Pooh's name is related to "Po" or the Uncarved Block. Both Pooh and Po possess the characteristic of being simple minded, a very valued thing in Daoism. Being simple minded isn't being stupid it is the ability to not overthink things. Po's simple mindedness is always giving him an edge over his foes.
Why This Experience?
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a great topic for the trimester 2 China living color project. It is a funny, entertaining movie with an abundance of connections to ancient China. Po and Shen, the Hero and Villain are physical forms of two very relevant Daoist beliefs. Po is the uncarved block, and his easy going creative nature always prevails. Shen proves wu wei right, his aggressive forceful way ends up losing. This movie is a great choice for a project because it kept me engaged while still being relevant.