Living Color Trimester 2 Kung Fu panda 2


Kung Fu Panda 2 is not just a funny animated Jack Black movie, it is movie full of cultural influence from China. I have seen this movie before but there were so many connections to be made after I had already learned all the key principles of Ancient China. Po, the main protagonist, is easily related to the Daoist idea of The Uncarved Block. This is a lot like The Dao of Pooh. Shen the Main antagonist is the opposite of Wu Wei. Kung Fu Panda 2 is the perfect piece of evidence of the legacy of China.


Daoism believes that passive action is the only way to successfully get things done, and Kung Fu Panda 2 acknowledges that with the antagonist Shen. The movie starts with a backstory explaining that about a royal family of peacocks rule a great city in China. They use fireworks to win the love of the people, but the heir to the throne had different plans. Shen wanted to force his way to power using the new found technology. A fortune teller warns that he will be defeated. In the end he is defeated and his whole plan is ruined. In the end his aggression and non cooperation with the dao led to his defeat. Shen is an example of the belief that passive action gets things done and forcing things will never work. The whole plot of this movie is built off of Wu Wei, the forceful bad guy loses and the easy going hero wins.


[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.


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