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

ISBN-10: 1592403379

ISBN-13: 9781592403370

Edition: N/A

Authors: Matthew Polly

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The raucously funny story of one young Americans quest to become the baddest dude on the planet (and possibly find inner peace along the way) Growing up a ninety-eight-pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyards of Kansas, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become the toughest fighter in the world, like Caine in his favorite 1970s TV series Kung Fu. American Shaolinis the story of the two years Matthew spent in China living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks. The Chinese term for tough training is chi ku(eating bitter), and Matthew quickly learned to appreciate the phrase. This is both the gripping story of Matthews journey and an intimate portrait of the real lives of the Shaolin monks, who struggle to overcome rampant corruption and the restrictions of an authoritarian government. Laced with humor and illuminated by cultural insight, American Shaolinis an unforgettable coming-of- age story of one mans journey into the ancient art of kungfuand a poignant portrait of a rapidly changing China.
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The First Step
Lost in Transplantation
Sleeping Beauty
Kungfu World
Lights, Camera, Action
A Coke and a Smile
Eating Bitter
The Show Must Go On
Chinese Medicine
Shaolin's Champion
The Sacred and the Profane
Media Matters
Iron Forearm Boy
Taiwan Tunes
Playing Hands
Crazy Negotiations
Taking a Beating
Happy Endings
Iron Crotch Kungfu
Getting Schooled
The Sixth Race
Dirty Jokes and Beer
Pride and Penance
Another American
Challenge Match
Mistress Management
No Problems
The Western Spear
Epilogue: Shaolin Reunion
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