Parents' Guide to

White Dragon

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Hong Kong-set mystery has stereotypes, some violence.

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Stories that involve a white man experiencing culture shock when traveling to a foreign country can be tricky, and this one is no exception. And though White Dragon's visual depiction of Hong Kong can be stunning, the region is depicted as an abyss of corruption from the street level to the political one. Jonah, our British protagonist and window into this world, deals with the cultural differences by using the classic, tried-and-true communication of yelling and over-enunciating at people who don't speak English.

In other words, White Dragon falls easily into all the traps of depicting a culture that isn't often seen on TV, and because it feels stretched so thin (presumably to fit its eight-episode run), the show lives in those negative stereotypes longer than necessary.

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