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Martial Arts History, Wing Chun and Chinese Martial Studies.

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Red Turban Revolt

Red Boats of the Cantonese Opera: Economics, Social Structure and Violence 1850-1950.

    Introduction The "writing sabbatical" continues and I am happy to report that the book chapters and papers are progressing nicely.   This weekend's post comes to us from the early days of Kung Fu Tea, and it covers a... Continue Reading →

From the Archives: The Creation of Wing Chun’s “Opera Rebels.”

***This weekend my wife and I will be away celebrating our anniversary.  As such we will be delving into the archives for our normally scheduled Friday update. The following was the first post in a three part series looking at... Continue Reading →

Cantonese Popular Culture and the Creation of Wing Chun’s “Opera Rebels.”

Introduction In September of 1850 a Major in the Imperial Army stationed in Guangdong took his own life.  Records indicate that he was older and struggling with a chronic illness.  Given the state of medicine in the middle of the... Continue Reading →

What Can the Opera Rebellion Teach us about the Social Toleration of Violence (and the Martial Arts) in Late Imperial China?

The Logic of Violence and its Relationship with the State My academic background and doctorate is in political science where I specialize in a sub-field called “international political economy.”  That is where I have focused most of my teaching and... Continue Reading →

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