'Kung Fu' Reboot from CW Features Feminist Hero and 'Social Justice' Emphasis

'Kung Fu' Reboot from CW Features Feminist Hero and 'Social Justice' Emphasis


Putting the warrior in social justice warrior, the rebooted version of the classic TV series Kung Fu debuts Wednesday on the teen-oriented CW network. In place of the late David Carradine, the woke series features a feminist heroine and an overarching emphasis on “social justice.”

Show creator Christina M. Kim said it was important to move away from Carradine’s white, male protagonist.

“In the original series, the lead character was not Asian,” Kim said during a recent press event, according to a report from Yahoo Entertainment. “For me, it was important that we change that, and for myself as a woman, I really wanted a strong female Asian lead who was kicking butt and was the role model that I wished I had on TV growing up.”

The new Kung Fu focuses on a female Chinese-American law-school dropout who becomes a martial arts warrior (Olivia Liang). After mastering

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