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Guest Post: ‘The Shaolin Temple’ and the Cultural Significance of the ‘Star Wars’ of Chinese Cinema

  Introduction Greetings from the University of Cardiff where I am currently attending the 2015 Martial Arts Studies conference.  This is the third guest post by Sascha Matuszak in his ongoing series here at Kung Fu Tea.  I thought that... Continue Reading →

Five Moments that Transformed Kung Fu

    Introduction   I was recently having a conversation with T. W. Smith who runs the Kung Fu Podcast. He was developing an idea for a show and asked me what five specific moments did the most to transform... Continue Reading →

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 →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: May 5th 2014: Wing Chun, Martial Religion and Shaolin Goes Wireless

  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 impact the the traditional fighting arts.  In addition to discussing important... 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 →

Through a Lens Darkly (6): China Rediscovers the Shaolin Temple, Igniting a Kung Fu Craze.

Accepting the“traditional” Chinese martial arts as a product of the modern world. If I were to conduct a pole and ask the average student of the Chinese martial arts when the “Golden Age” of Kung Fu was, what sort of... Continue Reading →

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