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From the Archives: Taming the Little Dragon – Symbolic Politics and the Translation of Bruce Lee.

  ***Welcome to this weeks exploration of the archives.  My writing/editing project has been progressing well and I am getting closer to announcement time. This last week I found myself revisiting a discussion of Bruce Lee's role in the globalization... Continue Reading →

Through a Lens Darkly (23): The Dadao and the Katana – Symbolic Echoes Within the Modern Martial Arts

Introduction No topic within the study of the modern martial arts is more burdened with nationalist myths and legends than military fencing. By the middle of the 20th century blades were supposed to have become obsolete on the battlefield. Yet... Continue Reading →

Taming the Little Dragon: Symbolic Politics and the Translation of Bruce Lee.

My Definite Chief Aim I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an... Continue Reading →

Mythology of the Kukri: Sign and Symbol

Introduction: The Symbolic Language of Weapons Victor Turner, the cultural anthropologist, famously argued that all symbols are "multivocal," meaning a single symbol can take on a multiplicity of meanings.  Humans have a way of looking at complexes of symbols, perhaps... Continue Reading →

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