Japanese and Chinese Stories
I am currently looking for a traditional Japanese or Chinese story about loyalty. It could be a fairytale, a folktale, a famous historical novel, anything written or told before 1923.
The ideal story for my purposes would be about a young man, a prince, or someone like that, who is torn between two loyalties and has to make a decision about which one to support. (For those who know Avatar: the Last Airbender, someone like Prince Zuko would be ideal.)
It's not about a young man, but check out the plot of SONGS OF A NOMAD FLUTE. It's the (mostly true) story of a Chinese princess, the lady Wen-Chi, abducted by the Mongols. Many years later, after she's established a family, the Chinese send an embassy to rescue her. the crux of the story is the question of where her loyalties should lie.
Does that help?
Hugs and smiles,
Well, I was primarily thinking of the story of Lu Bei and Lu Bu in the Three Kingdoms period. It's not exactly, but like some of the stories of the era, it fits, roughly, what you are looking for.