COMICS: Tintin and the Blue Lotus
Question Four: What issues do his albums raise in terms of representation of ‘race’, and particularly ethnic and cultural stereotyping?
George Herge, the author of Tintin is stated by many to have a conservative mindset that was evident in the first issues of Tintin that focused on advocacy and promotion against anti-communism and the conservative mindset and beliefs. Mountfort (2016) states how certain Tintin episodes were directed towards colonial prejudices and their descendants. Bringing to life the social stereotypes made against the Africa nations by the Western countries. Tintin the Blue Lotus, Tintin in the Congo and Tintin in the land of the soviets all share similarities by containing racist stereotypes in their content. With focus to Tintin and the Blue Lotus, it was an intentional move on Herge’s behalf to inform the readers of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria that occurred in the year 1931.
Mountfort P. (2012) ‘Yellow skin, black hair … Careful, Tintin’: Hergé and Orientalism. Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 1(1), 33-49. doi: 10.1386/ajpc.1.1.33_1