YMMV / Broken Blossoms

  • Fair for Its Day: Despite the Yellow Face and the racial slurs, Chen Huan (and the Chinese community in London generally) is depicted positively. And of course Chen is the hero of the story.
  • Values Dissonance: Though he is an unambiguous hero, Chen is mostly referred to, even in narration, as a "Chink", or a "Yellow Man".
  • The Woobie:
    • Lucy in all her life was a servant to her abusive father. When she does her un-smile, the narration notes that she never had a cause to smile genuinely. When she finally meets a man who's nice to her, she's murdered by her father because of it.
    • Chen, who has to see his ideals destroyed, and the girl he loved killed - partially because of him.