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Through a Lens Darkly (58): Contesting Wushu

    Introduction I recently noted that it is necessary to begin historical discussions by specifying whether we are examining events (or practices) as they actually happened, or the evolution of ideas about them.  This is not to say that... Continue Reading →

Research Note: Kung Fu Diplomacy During the Cultural Revolution

  The History of Practice vs. The History of an Idea This post continues an occasional series looking at the ways in which the traditional Chinese martial arts were discussed in the PRC’s propaganda and cultural diplomacy efforts from roughly... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: March 22, 2019: Kung Fu and its Discontents

  Introduction Its been over a month since our last news update, which means that there is no better 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... Continue Reading →

Judo in Taiwan, 1895-1945: The Dark Side of Martial Arts Politics

  Dong Jhy and J. A. Mangan. 2018. “Japanese Cultural Imperialism in Taiwan: Judo as an Instrument of Colonial Conditioning.” in Mangan, Horton, Ren and Ok (eds.) Japanese Imperialism: Politics and Sport in East Asia – Rejection, Resentment and Revanchism.... Continue Reading →

Wang Ziping and the Early Days of Wushu: Two Important Films

  Introduction Wang Ziping (1881-1973) was an iconic figure within the world of the Republican martial arts.  Having gained fame through his many feats of strength and public fights, the Muslim martial artist from Heibi province went on to hold... Continue Reading →

Swords, Visuality and the Construction of China

  Deciphering an Icon Recently I came across a few of Harrison Forman’s wartime photos, probably taken in the early 1930s, but circulated to newspapers and (re)published in 1938.  While his photos of militia groups following the 8th Route Army (discussed... Continue Reading →

General Zhang Zhijiang: Mixing Christianity and Kung Fu

    A Different Take on an Old Debate   If you study the traditional Chinese martial arts and have spent any time on the internet, you will have heard some variant of these debates before. Do I need to... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 16 2018: Ip Man, Bruce Lee and the Shaolin Temple

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News!”  Lots has been happening in the Chinese martial arts community, so its time to see what people have been saying. For new readers, this is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu... Continue Reading →

Berlin 1936: Chinese Martial Arts on a Global Stage

      China Picks 2 Women Boxers For Olympics — Four Men Also Chosen to Give Display of Old Chinese Art — Six candidates for the Chinese boxing [sic] for the World Olympiad at Berlin in August were chosen... Continue Reading →

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