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Research Note: Organizing the Women’s Section of the Jingwu Association, 1920.

An Unexpected Find It is basically a truism to say that the Western public didn’t know very much about the Chinese martial arts in the 1920s.  More interesting is the question of why.  Given the global popularity of Judo and... Continue Reading →

Research Notes: No Girls Allowed

    Men fighting men to determine worth (i.e., masculinity) excludes women as completely as the female experience of childbirth excludes men….The female boxer violates this stereotype and cannot be taken seriously—she is parody, she is cartoon, she is monstrous.... Continue Reading →

Conference Report: Gender, Martial Arts, Youth Violence and Social Transformation

  Conference Report:  Martial Arts Studies - Gender Issues in Theory and Practice Brighton University (UK), 5th February 2016   Introduction On February 5th Brighton University sponsored the first in a series of specialized conferences and meetings funded by the... Continue Reading →

Liminality, Embodied Identity and the Paradox of the Invisible Female Martial Artists

  Men fighting men to determine worth (i.e., masculinity) excludes women as completely as the female experience of childbirth excludes men….The female boxer violates this stereotype and cannot be taken seriously—she is parody, she is cartoon, she is monstrous. Had... Continue Reading →

Chinese Martial Arts in the News: April 1st, 2013: Women and Self Defense Around the Globe

Introduction: Chinese Martial Arts in the News It is time for another roundup of news stories about the Chinese Martial Arts.  This is a semi-regular feature here at Kung Fu Tea.  We have a lot of articles to cover this... Continue Reading →

Ip Man and the Prostitute: Female Sexuality as a Weapon in Traditional Chinese Martial Culture.

  Introduction: Masculinity as a Core Value in the Traditional Southern Martial Arts. One of the few facts that everyone seems to “know” about Wing Chun is that the art was created by a female.  Whether this is actually true... Continue Reading →

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