Occidental dreams of the Middle Realm, North 北
Tintin, Le Lotus Bleu, 1935, by Hergé
The usual preconceptions about half-known cultures. I thought that Hergé, as a writer and draughtsmen for children in the catholic-conservative milieu he worked had lots of uninformed ideas about China of the 1930s. But he hasn’t. In fact he has done his homework very carefully.
So preconceptions about furniture, typography and fashion have been erased, and Hergé tries to take his subject, far away China, very serious. That does not eradicate other, more subtle kinds of prejudices.