Hua Mulan: A Chinese Heroine

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A historical figure who is famous for disguising herself as a man is Hua Mulan. Her name has long been synonymous with the word "heroine", yet opinions differ as to whether this is her real name.

According to Annals of the Ming, her surname is Zhu, while the Annals of the Qing say it is Wei.

Xu Wei offers yet another alternative when, in his play, Mulan Joins the Army for Her Father', he gives her the surname Hua. Others using The Ballad of Mulan as their guide have attributed her surname to be Mu.

There is also some confusion concerning her place of origin and the era in which she lived. She is said by some to have come from the Wan County in Hebei.

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Hua Mulan: A Chinese Heroine

A historical figure who is famous for disguising herself as a man is Hua Mulan. Her name has long been synonymous with the word "heroine", yet opinions differ as to whether this is her real name.

According to Annals of the Ming, her surname is Zhu, while the Annals of the Qing say it is Wei.

Xu Wei offers yet another alternative when, in his play, Mulan Joins the Army for Her Father', he gives her the surname Hua. Others using The Ballad of Mulan as their guide have attributed her surname to be Mu.

There is also some confusion concerning her place of origin and the era in which she lived. She is said by some to have come from the Wan County in Hebei.

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