“In the case of Tai Chi however, the major defining feature of hybridity, the sense of mixture and the equal status of the different cultures involving in the mixture, is absent. In the eyes of its UK practitioners Tai... Continue Reading →
The Exotic, Feminine and Dangerous: How the “Yellow Peril” Set the Stage for the Cultural Appropriation of the Asian Martial Arts, 1902-1918
Introduction The term “Yellow Peril” is something that I do not often see in the martial arts studies literature. Even in research projects tracking the global spread of the traditional fighting systems it is conspicuous by its absence.... Continue Reading →
A Quick Announcement and the Unexpected Role of Secrecy in the Success of the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts
A pair of Japanese Komuso or “Monks of Emptiness.” Original Source: Unknown. Introduction I am currently in the middle of writing a short introduction that I was asked to contribute to a forthcoming volume. As such we will be revisiting... Continue Reading →
The Mouse Always Wins In 1962 American theater audiences were treated to the sight of a mouse named “Jerry” repeatedly besting a cat named “Tom” through his mastery of Japanese Judo. Tom is more of a force of nature than... Continue Reading →
Introduction July 20th is the 40th anniversary of the death of Bruce Lee. Prof. Paul Bowman, an expert on both his life and cultural influence, has been kind enough to sit down with us to discuss Lee's continuing significance. ... Continue Reading →
Chinese Martial Arts in the News: October 29th, 2012: Commercialization, Authenticity and Bruce Lee.
Welcome to the "Frankenstorm" edition of "Chinese martial arts in the news." Every few weeks I update readers about recent events and important developing trends. If you have suggestions for a story that I should be watching feel free to... Continue Reading →
Chinese Martial Arts in the News: October 8, 2012: Video Games, Movies and the Question of Cultural Appropriation.
Cultural Appropriation of Global Kung Fu Culture? Lately I have been thinking quite a bit about the question of cultural appropriation in the martial arts. Setting aside the historical questions for a second, at this point in history, who actually... Continue Reading →