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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: Feb 16, 2020 – Kung Fu in a time of Coronavirus

  It has been way too long since our last news update so now is the perfect time to get caught up on recent events! For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 4 – Rebels and the Chinese Martial Arts

  Introduction Welcome to week four of "History of East Asian Martial Arts."  This series follows the readings being used in Prof. TJ Hinrichs' undergraduate course of the same name at Cornell University.  This is a great opportunity for readers... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: An Ancient Form of Physical Culture (1955)

  Introduction I have been reviewing every issue of China Reconstructs as part of my ongoing research on how successive governments attempted to use martial arts (and traditional culture more generally) to generate soft power and shape the image of China within... Continue Reading →

Democratization and the Asian Martial Arts

  What does it mean to be political? I suspect that very few people in North America experience their weekly trips to the training hall, dojo or public park as inherently political.  There are clearly some exceptions to this.  As... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 2 – Violence

  Introduction Welcome to the second week of History of East Asian Martial Arts (HIST 2960).  This is a course taught by Prof. T. J. Hinrichs here at Cornell University that I am auditing in my capacity as a Visiting... Continue Reading →

Remembering Ip Ching (1936-2020)

  Many of Kung Fu Tea’s readers are Wing Chun students and I am sure that most of you have already heard about Ip Ching’s passing on the 25th of January.  Ip Man’s second son was well known in Wing... Continue Reading →

History of East Asian Martial Arts: Week 1 – Invented Traditions

  A New Semester, A New Course Welcome to the first week of "History of East Asian Martial Arts" (History 2960)!  As some of you may know, I am a Visiting Scholar at Cornell. One of my colleagues, Prof. T.... Continue Reading →

Another Look at Ritual, Theater and Combat in the Chinese Martial Arts

  “If it is necessary to debunk the Bodhidharma myth since it is historically false, we must also be wary of the modern materialist impulse to tear aside the veil of myth to uncover the real martial arts beneath.  The... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: The Katana Invades America

    Why is the Katana more popular than the Jian A good friend recently sent me a link for a YouTube video asking why Chinese swords are not as well known in Western popular culture as their Japanese counterparts. ... Continue Reading →

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