A home silhouetted by the moon on Christmas eve. These architectural images were some of the most commonly given Christmas cards and are a valuable remainder of the material lives that turn of the century Americans aspired to. Note the art nouveau influenced gate. (Source: Vintage American Postcard, authors personal collection.)



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of Kung Fu Tea’s readers!  Thanks so much for your support and feedback over the last six years.  I think that Santa left me one or two martial arts related items under the tree.  Hopefully he did the same for you.

We will be returning to our normal posting schedule after the first week of January, but I might have one or two short articles to go up before then, so check back often.  If, however, you find yourself looking for some long-reads over the holiday, consider checking out one of these classic posts:


2012: Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Martial Arts: Another Approach to Globalization and Chinese Martial Studies.

2013: “Fighting Styles” or “Martial Brands”? An economic approach to understanding “lost lineages” in the Chinese Martial Arts.

2014: 1928: The Danger of Telling a Single Story about the Chinese Martial Arts

2015: Yim Wing Chun and the “Primitive Passions” of Southern Kung Fu

2016: Letting ‘Real’ Kung Fu Die: Paradoxes of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts as Intangible Cultural Heritage

2017: Chi Sao, Ip Man and the Problem of “Dispersed Training” in Wing Chun