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Matthew Polly on Bruce Lee and The Art of Writing a Life

  Matthew Polly. 2018. Bruce Lee: A Life. New York: Simon and Schuster. 656 pages. $35 USD.   Introduction Matthew Polly is perhaps the best known and most popular author writing on the martial arts today.  His first two books... Continue Reading →

Disenchanting Jianghu (Rivers and Lakes): Historical Experience and the Kung Fu Refusenik

  Introduction I am happy to report that all of the conference papers and book chapters I have been working on for the last month are now finished.  Unfortunately, my blogging sabbatical must continue a little while longer. I am... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

***On November 19th at 4 pm I will be taking part in a live-chat (broadcast on YouTube) on ethnographic research in the martial arts and lightsaber combat.  This is exciting as a number of very interesting people will be joining... Continue Reading →

The Boxer Rebellion and Stories We Tell about Chinese Martial Arts

      Confronting the Boxers   It is probably an irony that I have written so little on the Boxer Uprising during my casual and academic discussion of the martial arts.  It was a chance encounter with the Boxers... Continue Reading →

Star Wars: An American Martial Arts Film Franchise?

      “When there is a fake—hippopotamus, dinosaur, sea serpent—it is not so much because it would not be possible to have the real equivalent, but because the public is meant to admire the perfection of the fake and... 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 →

Hsu-Ming Teo Reconsiders Ip Man, Popular History and the Kung Fu Biopic

    Hsu-Ming Teo. 2011. “Popular History and the Chinese Martial Arts Biopic.” History Australia. Vol. 8 No. 1: 42-66.     Introduction   Technology is a double edged sword. Electronic databases and fancy search tools promise a near omniscient... Continue Reading →

Essential Kung Fu Cinema (3): A Touch of Zen

***I am very happy to welcome Rob Argent back to Kung Fu Tea.  This is the third post in his ongoing series introducing some of the essential Kung Fu films which have helped to define the genera.  The first discussed... Continue Reading →

Essential Kung Fu Cinema (2): The Shaolin Temple

***I am very happy to welcome Rob Argent back to Kung Fu Tea.  This is the second post in his ongoing series introducing some of the essential Kung Fu films which have helped to define the genera.  In his previous... Continue Reading →

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