Whore of the Orient Called Out as an “Attempt to Disgrace Chinese Culture”

By   /   Sep 2, 2013

Trouble may be brewing for the former L.A. Noire developers on their new ‘Whore of the Orient’ game, which has seriously ticked off a councilor for the Australian city of Monash.

Jieh-Yung Lo has expressed his distaste over the game’s name and wants the title changed. According to the Australian website ‘The Age’, the councilor has branded the game as an “attempt to disgrace Chinese culture, history and traditions”. He also revealed his plans to take Australian production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell to the Human Rights Commission on the basis of a defamatory attack.

“It’s the use of the word ‘Orient’, more even than the word ‘whore’, that is the issue,” Lo said. “The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It’s a 19th century racial-colonial conception and it’s especially painful for older people in the communities. That was a very bad time in China, and people don’t want or need to have that dragged up.”

Whore of the Orient is a historical nickname for the city of Shanghai, where the game is set. The year 1936 marked the time when China began modernizing due to Western influence, making Shanghai “the most corrupt and decadent city on the planet”.

The game was announced last month for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Team Bondi’s last game L.A Noire was a critically-acclaimed hit but was soon marred with controversies surrounding its working conditions. According to various reports developers were working over time and for minimum wage, with some not even ending in the credits list. Rockstar, who published the game, soon ended ties with the studio.

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