Body, Discourse, and the Cultural Politics of Contemporary Chinese Qigong

  title={Body, Discourse, and the Cultural Politics of Contemporary Chinese Qigong},
  author={Jian Xu},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  • Jian Xu
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
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