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  • When Tintin is on his new adventure in Shanghai,

  • He secretely follows Mitsuhirato, a Japanese spy and owner of the Blue Lotus

  • to a place outside of the city.

  • There he witnesses an explosion.

  • Mitsuhirato and two other gangsters blew up the train track to Shanghai

  • and seconds later they put the blame on Chinese bandits.

  • The event that was depicted in "The Blue Lotus" is in fact based on a true story.

  • An event known as The Manchurian Incident

  • The Blue Lotus

  • This comic was originally published in 1934 to 1935

  • and it contained a lot of information about China, that the western world was simply not aware of.

  • So what's different in this comic compared to Tintin's former adventures

  • is that Hergé finally didn’t use stereotypes and in fact paid more attention on telling the story as accurate as possible.

  • And thanks to the help of his Chinese friend Chang, or Zhang Chong Ren,

  • who was an arts student in Belgium,

  • he learned about Chinese culture and also about the Manchurian Incident,

  • which is also known as theMukden Incidentor in Chinese "jiu yi ba shibian", which means 9/18 Incident.

  • On September 18 in 1931, the Japanese detonated a small amount of dynamite

  • close to a railway line to Shenyang that was owned by Japan.

  • Compared to "The Adventures of Tintin",

  • the railway line was barely damaged and a train passed over it just a few minutes later.

  • The Japanese blamed Chinese troups as a pretext to invade and occupy Manchuria.

  • The region was important for Japan, because it was rich in natural resources and they could gain politcal power.

  • This false flag event was soon exposed and led to Japans resignation from the League of Nations in March 1933.

  • In 1939, Soong Mei-Ling, the wife of political leader Chiang Kai-Shek invited Herge to visit them.

  • Hergé wasn’t able to do so, because of the upcoming World War II. He finally visited her in Taiwan in 1973.

When Tintin is on his new adventure in Shanghai,

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Tintin and the Manchurian Incident - In the Shadow of Tintin

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    Matthias posted on 2015/12/07
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