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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 →

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 →

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 →

Influence at Home and Abroad: Martial Arts at China’s Central Army Officer Candidate School

The Center and the Periphery   What is this “a case of?”  That is the basic empirical question that underlays countless discussions in the social sciences.  It is difficult to know what something means, what puzzles or challenges its presence... Continue Reading →

Telling the Story of China’s Martial Arts: Julius Eigner, Foreign Journalists and Nazi Propaganda

  Introduction I first became aware of an article titled “The Ancient Art of Chinese Boxing” by Julius Eigner through a reference in the work of Stanley Henning.  I seem to recall that he was not impressed with its historical... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: “Glory Days” and the Twilight of the Guoshu Movement

  Introduction “Soft power” and “public diplomacy” are closely linked, yet distinct, concepts. Perhaps the easiest way of understanding this distinction is that the first is a power resource that political actors might call upon. The second concept describes a... 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 →

An Introduction to Martial Arts and Public Diplomacy

    ***On May 11th and 12th I will be participating in a Political Science workshop at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah.  While there I will discuss my Kung Fu Diplomacy project.  The actual paper that I am submitting... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: Jingwu and the Female Martial Artists of 1920

    Introduction     I am interested in the frequent, seemingly unconscious, way in which the word “traditional” is appended to the name “martial arts” in modern speech and writing.  One does not simply study “Japanese wrestling” or “Chinese... Continue Reading →

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