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Subj: Re: How old should The Mandarin be?
Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 06:45:44 am EDT (Viewed 135 times)
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His origin as an aristocrat who squanders the money he inherited from his parents does not seem to be tied to a specific date at its core. In some ways it works better as the story of a present day fuerdai than it does as an old timey story.

Heck, I skype with a woman who seems to live sort of this way. Nice woman, but she is constantly sending me pictures of her endless travels to various international tourist destinations, and her quite lavish apartment, especially considering Shanghai prices. And she recently was sad about losing a fortune on the stock market, which hasn't seemed to affect her lifestyle at all.

She's never stated it outright that she's a fuerdai, because most of our conversations are about me teaching her English and her teaching me Chinese. Mostly we talk about grammar choices and tones(which are a huge pain in fast conversations) and equivalent colloquial phrases for things that are gibberish if translated literally. But even the little snatches of information about her life paint quite a picture. A picture that makes me think that Mandarin might work even better as a modern fuerdai than he does as an old timey aristocrat.

But then again, there are little details like the clothing shown in the flashback that suggests it happened long ago. It's also hard to imagine any modern fuerdai caring in the slightest about descended from Genghis Khan, something that's always been very important to The Mandarin, and adds an interesting flavor to the character.

What do you guys think? How old should The Mandarin be?

I still think it would be poetic if he were born in the tail-end of Imperial China and got kicked out of his ancestral home a few years after the Communist Revolution - so, say, born in 1921.

His rings mess with his physical age, and in any case his mastery of chi might affect it.

(...)the problem is his family looks Manchurian, and to have a powerful Chinese noble in Manchuria between 1921 and 1948-ish would be problematic.

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