Can Donnie Yen Bring Kung Fu (Back) to the Star Wars Universe?

  1977 vs. 1978: A Banner Year for Martial Arts Films   Like all good blog posts dealing with popular culture and kung fu, this one starts by assuming the existence of time travel. In a sense this is what the martial arts have always been about. It can be seen in your average kung…

Research Notes: “Advance of the Tigers” through Western Eyes

    Introduction   Tigers have long been a symbol of martial values in Chinese culture. Many martial arts styles make use of tiger-based symbolism. This symbolism may reflect the tiger’s long association with the imperial military. Warrior figures wearing tiger skins or hoods are attested in Chinese art from at least the time of…