The Blue Lotus was the fifth Tintin adventure, following Cigars of the Pharaoh. Incidentally, it was not available in Singapore for many years until sometime in the mid-late 1980s, despite all the other titles being available (except Tintin in the Land of the Soviets and Tintin in Congo).
The Blue Lotus carried "bold anti-imperialist message, contrary to the prevailing view in the West, which was sympathetic to Japan and the colonial enterprise. As a result, it drew sharp criticism from various parties, including a protest by Japanese diplomats to the Belgian Foreign Ministry."
Hergé was urged by Father Gosset, chaplain to the Chinese students at the University of Leuven, to be sensitive about what he wrote about China after mentioning at the conclusion of Cigars of the Pharaoh that Tintin's next destination was China. "Hergé agreed, and in the spring of 1934 Gosset introduced him to Zhang Chongren, a young sculpture student at the Brussels Académie des Beaux-Arts. The two young artists quickly became close friends, and Chang introduced Hergé to Chinese history, culture, and the techniques of Chinese art."
For those who had not read The Blue Lotus, it was about Tintin foiling drug smuggling ring operating in Shanghai, with the background of China being forced to allow foreign concessionaries and the 1931 Mukden Incident (bombing of a section of railroad under Japan's South Manchuria Railway.
I was rather puzzled to read that the PRC banned this publication for a long time, and when it was allowed in 1984, "some pictures of the examples of Western prejudice were either altered or even taken out completely".
Has anyone read the two versions and could provide a comparison?
The only thing I could think the CCP could object to was Tintin's close cooperation with the Green Dragon Society against the drug runners. The Green Dragon Society was probably too closely related (at least in name) to the Green Dragon Gang, an actual gangster syndicate, and probably in cahoots with the KMT under Chiang Kai Shek during the bloody communist purge (White Terror).
Also, the scene showing adulation of Tintin after he successfully broke the drug runners' gang might not sit well with ultra-nationalists.
Any thoughts, anyone?
Edited by snowybeagle, 13 June 2005 - 11:41 AM.