American Shaolin

American Shaolin

Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch : An Odyssey in the New China

Book - 2007
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Published: New York : Gotham Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9781592402625
1592402623
Branch Call Number: 796.8155 POL
Characteristics: viii, 366 p., [8] p of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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bibliotechnocrat Jun 21, 2014

American Shaolin is the engaging memoir of a young American, Matt Polly, who goes to China in the early 1990s to study martial arts with the Shaolin monks. It's the dawn of the new China, shortly after the Tiananmen massacre, and Polly observes the stirrings of the massive energy being unleashed. In addition to providing a western view of this cultural shift, the book is a wryly amusing tale of a callow youth in search of himself. There's a lot of cross-cultural miscommunication, and as Polly finds his way, some sharp observations on Chinese attitudes. The author is not afraid to admit his failings and this honesty gives the book a fresh vitality. You don't have to be a fan of kungfu, America, or China to enjoy this very human story.

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karatejoyjoy
Mar 06, 2012

great book! could hardly put it down! very intriguing for me as a karate student with a strong interest in travel and study of different cultures. I hardly ever actually finish a whole book, usually just picking out the stuff I want to read, but this is a read-through must!

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