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Contesting Kung Fu’s Soft Power: What Modern Chinese History Can Teach Us About Public and Cultural Diplomacy

  Introduction On May 24th I was asked to deliver the closing keynote address for the 2019 Martial Arts Studies meetings at Chapman University.  A special note of thanks must be extended to both Andrea Molle and Paul Bowman for... Continue Reading →

Martial Arts Studies at Tel Aviv University

  I recently had the opportunity to visit Israel for the first time.  It was quite an experience and I would like to share a few details about that trip with the readers of Kung Fu Tea. The occasion was... Continue Reading →

2019 MAS Conference Report: Martial Arts Studies Comes to America

  Paul Bowman and I were recently chatting about milestones.  It seems an apt metaphor.  Some projects are so large and complex that individual goals don’t capture the scale of the task. That is what Martial Arts Studies has been... Continue Reading →

Conference Report: Bruce Lee’s Cultural Legacies

  ***Luke White has generously offered Kung Fu Tea the following report on this year's fourth annual Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University.  Sadly I was not able to attend, but reading Luke's report makes me feel as though... Continue Reading →

Report: A Martial Arts Studies BBQ and the Power of Local Networks

    On May 27th just under 20 people gathered in Myers Park over the course of an afternoon to celebrate the arrival of summer with fellow students of martial arts studies and martial arts enthusiasts.  Of course it rained,... Continue Reading →

A Kung Fu Pilgrim: Travel, Community and the Production of Knowledge

  The Pilgrim’s Progress Observers have noted that while the meaning and object of worship varies, the pattern is universal.  I cannot help but agree as I contemplate the events of the last month.  First there was the ritual separation... Continue Reading →

A Lost Kung Fu Manual and the Nature of “Chinese Boxing”

  Introduction This is my keynote address from the recent (Nov. 9-10th, 2017) conference on fightbooks held at the German Blade Museum in Solingen.  A full report on this event is coming soon, but I am eager to share this... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know China’s “Ivy League Martial Artists” in the Republican Era

  Introduction This paper was recently read at the International Conference for the 1st World Youth Mastership held at Cheongju University on Nov. 3-4, 2017.  Many thanks go to Prof. Gwang Ok for making this event possible and extending an... Continue Reading →

The Modern Invention of “Traditional” Martial Arts by Peter Lorge

  Introduction Last week I was flying over the Pacific Ocean.  This week it is the Atlantic.  If all has gone according to plan, I am now returning to the United States after a fantastic conference on fightbooks at the... Continue Reading →

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