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American Shaolin Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: an Odyssey in the New China (Paperback)

Author:  Matthew Polly
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1592403379
ISBN-13: 9781592403370
Sku: 204815630
Publish Date: 12/27/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  366
Age Range:  NA
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The raucously funny story of one young AmericanÂ's 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 Shaolin is 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 (Â?eating bitterÂ?), and Matthew quickly learned to appreciate the phrase. || This is both the gripping story of MatthewÂ's 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 Shaolin is an unforgettable coming-of- age story of one manÂ's journey into the ancient art of kungfuÂ?and a poignant portrait of a rapidly changing China.
Matt Polly, a tall scrawny kid from Topeka, Kansas, dropped out of Princeton after three years of East Asian studies, and traveled to the famous Shaolin Temple in China to turn himself into a kung-fu master. His humorous memoir is less about the rigors and discipline of his martial arts training, and more about the surreal experience of living in China as the country slowly entered the globalized world.


"Although Polly may fall short in sharing Shaolin's secrets, as a chronicler of human absurdity he makes all the right moves." 11/20/2007

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