The Legend of Mu Lan
A Heroine of Ancient China
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I would hope that they would spend a little more time and be accurate." Mu Lan was not Japanese. She was a Chinese woman who lived in the fifth century, according to Chinese archaeologists. Her grave is (near) the city of Luoyang in the province of Henan.

To help right some of the wrongs, Hu's publishing company, Victory Press, has published a Mu Lan gift set. The set includes an accurately depicted Mu Lan doll, an audio cassette tape and a fully-illustrated book that tells Mu Lan's tale in both English and either Chinese, Vietnamese, French or Spanish.
Hu says the story of Mu Lan has been told for centuries in various forms: oral tradition, poems and now movies and books.

Mu Lan is famous for disguising herself as a man to represent her family in battle in place of her infirm father. She fought in bloody campaigns for several years before she returned home. After the war, she was summoned to the court by the emperor who wished to appoint her to high office as a reward for her outstanding service. She declined . . . Her former comrades didn't learn she was a woman until much later, when they visited her at home.

Victory Press' version of the legend was written and illustrated in Beijing by a well-known father-daughter team, Cheng An Jiang and Wei Jiang, who have written other books about ancient China and East Asia for the publishing house.


Victory Press
Monterey, California, USA