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Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 14th 2016: Ip Man, Wing Chun and Taijiquan

Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important events, this... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Foreign Attitudes towards Kung Fu in Colonial Hong Kong

  The TCMA as a Perpetual Revival Movement   Kung Fu has an odd relationship with the past. It seems that for the last century (at least) each generation has discovered the beauty of the Chinese martial arts only to... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Spirit Possession in the Southern Chinese Martial Arts

    Introduction Spirit possession is a fascinating but rarely discussed aspect of the traditional Chinese martial arts.  Reformers in the field of physical culture spent much of the 20th century attempting to erase the national embarrassment of the Boxer... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: September 21, 2015: Culture Festivals, Kung Fu Abroad and Reading Along with the Little Dragon

    Introduction   Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: Global Capitalism, the Traditional Martial Arts and China’s New Regionalism

***For today's post we are headed back to the archives.  I am becoming more interested in the ways that the traditional martial arts have been promoted by the Chinese government as a means of generating "soft power" within the realm... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 9th, 2015: Shaolin, Wushu and Hong Kong’s Most Popular Martial Arts

    Introduction     Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or affect the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to... Continue Reading →

Remembering Chu Shong Tin and the Relationship between Theory and Observation in Chinese Martial Studies

    Introduction – The Loss of Chu Shong Tin   A few weeks ago the Wing Chun community lost one of its leading lights. It is hard to overstate Master Chu Shong Tin’s contributions to the emergence and preservation... Continue Reading →

Global Capitalism, the Traditional Martial Arts and China’s New Regionalism

      Introduction: Hong Kong, Regionalism and the Martial Arts   It is hard to think of any state with such robust and diverse group of regional identities as China’s. Much of my research is focused on the development... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: June 20th, 2014: The Traditional Martial Arts (and Wing Chun) as Items of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea in which we review media stories that mention or impact the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing... Continue Reading →

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