Capcom appears to have removed the flag of Hong Kong in favor of the People’s Republic of China in changes to Street Fighter II

Capcom appears to have removed the flag of Hong Kong in favor of the People's Republic of China in changes to Street Fighter II

The Nintendo Switch version of Arcade Stadium includes Street Fighter II. The character Fei Long was originally accompanied by the flag of his nationality, which was that of the Hong Kong SAR

This flag has now been replaced by the flag of the People’s Republic of China in newer versions, a move that has already received significant backlash.

The flag had previously been changed from the British Hong Kong flag to the redesigned Bauhina flag, but this new change effectively changes the character’s nationality. Based on Bruce Lee – himself a Hong Kong-American actor – Fei Long should pay tribute to the action hero in terms of aesthetics and origins.

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Screenshots of the change surfaced on Twitter, with user @pomegd posting comparison photos.

The thread highlighted many changes in the series, but many of the responses to the flag change reiterated the phrase “Hong Kong is not China”. In response, it was speculated that the national security law passed in Hong Kong last year “resulted in Capcom being forced to change the flag of Fei Long at Arcade Stadium.”

Tweets from the thread also revealed the removal of the rising sun from the bathhouse stage, a controversial symbol whose inclusion has been the subject of some excuses from games like PUBG [via Kotaku].

Capcom has not yet responded.

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