Bruce Lee and the Anti-imperialism of Kung Fu: A Polycultural Adventure

  title={Bruce Lee and the Anti-imperialism of Kung Fu: A Polycultural Adventure},
  author={Vijay Prashad},
  journal={positions: east asia cultures critique},
  pages={51 - 90}
  • V. Prashad
  • Published 4 April 2003
  • Art
  • positions: east asia cultures critique
Kung fu is back. Jackie Chan enlivens it on the big screen, Sammo Hung on the small. Children abandon soccer practice for their dojos, adults move from Jazzercize to Billy Blanks’s Tae-Bo. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five took their names from the idioms of kung fu movies, while young emcees find philosophical lessons in them (from the Wu Tang Clan to the Jeet Kune Flow of the Arsonists’ Q-Unique). If Bollywood movies and culture provide “kitsch with a niche,” kung fu puts the tang in Wu… 


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