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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Silk Road

Asian Martial Arts

It is well known that Buddhism traveled along the Silk Road into China, but less well known that the Indian missionary who introduced Chan Buddhism to China (later called Zen in Japan) may have also brought with him the seeds of Chinese kung fu, or Chinese unarmed fighting techniques. America's attention and enthusiasm for martial arts soared with the advent of Bruce Lee's kung fu films in the 1970s.

The Asian Martial Arts presentation at the 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival features:

  • Steve Brown
  • Sifu Tony Chen
  • Christopher Cheung
  • Patrick Chew
  • Laura Copenhaver
  • Janet Gee
  • Bernard Beno Hwang
  • Kaela Kang
  • Jia Tao Zhang

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