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“Glory Days” and the Twilight of the Guoshu Movement

  ***My last update hinted at a couple of sources that I will be addressing in my upcoming keynote for this years (quickly approaching) martial arts studies conference.  But there is never enough time to get through everything you want... 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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: August 27, 2018: The Back to School Edition!

  Introduction Welcome to “Chinese Martial Arts in the News.”  The nights are getting chilly and the new semester is just getting under way.  That means it is time for our "Back to School" news update.  While we have been... 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 →

A Puzzle, a Big Announcement and an Introduction to Kung Fu Diplomacy

      Wushu Comes to America     Today’s post has two goals.  The more important of these is an announcement.  But first I hope to draw you into a discussion on my next book project. With the daily... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: July 13, 2015: The Passing of Yu Chenghui and the Birth of a Chinese Jedi?

      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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News, November 25th, 2013: New Books, Martial Arts in the Public Sphere and Snubbing a “Grandmaster.”

Introduction “Chinese Martial Arts in the News” is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea.  In these posts I attempt to round-up and briefly discuss the major stories affecting the Chinese hand combat systems.  I always pay special attention... Continue Reading →

Hing Chao Discusses Southern Boxing, White Crane and the “Eastern Theory” of Wing Chun’s Origins.

Introduction Hing Chao has been getting a lot of good press lately.  If you keep up with Chinese martial studies and are at all interested in the southern hand combat traditions, you have probably heard his name.  He was the... Continue Reading →

Kung Fu and Soft Power: Why can’t the Chinese government capitalize on the popularity of the traditional fighting arts?

  Introduction: If Kung Fu is so popular, why can’t Wushu get into the Olympics? I am first and foremost a political scientist.  When I look at the “traditional Chinese martial arts” what I see is emerging trends in civil... Continue Reading →

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