The Belgian comic artist Georges Remi, who worked under the pen name Hergé, used this installment to satirize the ignorant and prejudiced understanding many Europeans had, and have, of China. Remi himself was guilty of holding and expressing such viewpoints in his previous work. He also adopted a new dedication to cultural accuracy and exploration—both visual and social—which remained a staple of his subsequent Tintin comics.
Remi’s progressive approach must be credited to the individuals he came in contact with during the 1930s. After hearing of Remi’s plans to write and illustrate Le Lotus Bleu, a local chaplain to Chinese students reached out to warn Remi of the possible consequences of stereotypical depictions and asked him to take a more informed approach. Remi responded openly and was put in contact with a few of the chaplain’s students.