'Warrior' season 1: The show subtly attacks the myth "there is no China in the Bible"
The Cinemax show has pointed out that the Bible was never wrong, but people's interpretation of it was extremely incorrect.
'Warrior' brings out the lesser known history of Chinese immigrants in the United States, right at the time when the nation was building itself from nothing. However, like many other immigrants, the Chinese were also subjected to ruthless indiscrimination which led them to be treated as slaves at the hands of White people. Also, like all other immigrant communities, the Chinese managed to build up their own establishment in the heart of a white nation, driving its illegal business and at the same time keeping the law at bay. Coming from creator Jonathan Tropper, Cinemax's 'Warrior' is a unique tale about struggle, fearless ambitions, and dirty jobs, all done by a community who at the moment dominate the economic world.
However, as all history of the immigrants go, the Chinese were looked down upon by almost every race, but especially by the race which claimed themselves to have read the Bible. As 'Warrior', based on the writings of Bruce Lee, looks into the survival of young Chinese men and women in the notorious corners of a 19th Century Chinatown in San Fransisco, it also subtly hints at the ongoing racism in the age. The show is extremely cleverly written, and while each episode is named after a particular stereotypical myth about the Chinese, there is one episode which bears the tag, 'There is no China in the Bible'. Pulling from that tag itself, we see the title being carried out in the form of a dialogue by a white man as he chases and tries to hurt a Chinese man.
Let's just say, we can be sure that when the show comes out there will be quite a lot of talk and discussion about that one line, "there is no China in the Bible". But is it true though? Is there really no China in the Bible? Considering that the Bible majorly deals with civilizations, the politics, and the religions of the people of the Middle East, China might not play a major role but China is very much the subject of a prophecy in the holy text. It is said, that Noah's son Japheth, as mentioned in the 'Book of Genesis', is actually considered to be the progenitor of the East Asian race, and one of his seven sons, Magog, bears special importance to the prophetic identity of the Chinese.
However, since Magog's children or descendants immigrated to a part of the world which was almost left solitary and divided from the Middle East by the huge mountain ranges, his descendants somewhat disappear from the Bible after that point. This is not because the Bible forgot about them, but solely for the reason that the text concentrated on the lives of the people in the Middle East. In fact, the Bible does refer to the land called Magog which is chiefly dominated by Russia in the west and by China in the East. There are several references in the Bible which state about the relation between the Hans and the Mongols, and many other tribes, all of whom are part of one big family and almost serve each other as distant cousins.
Considering this little spoken about connection between China and the Bible, it is not a surprise that the Eastern nation is right now the dominant ruler in world economy. Apparently Isaiah 23:1-3 had revealed that 'Chittim' which is said to indicate modern-day China, will form a part of a global economic market along with Europe, and we all know how the Europeans gradually played a nominal role in medieval China's tribute system. What 'Warrior' has done is like a pinch for the viewer, to remind us that although the white supremacy yells at the East Asians that the Bible does not consider them, they are nothing less than fools. 'Warrior' picks up the Chinese immigrants as the victims of a foolish rule by those who literally know nothing about their own religion or culture. 'Warrior' premieres on April 5 on Cinemax, and this is one episode which will change its game.