The Black Kungfu Experience

The Black Kungfu Experience

Streaming Video - 2013
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Meet kungfu's black pioneers and heroes who fluorished at the junction of African American and Asian cultures. The Black Kungfu Experience traces the rise of black kungfu in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, and resonates in the contemporary martial arts scene in Washington D.C, Los Angeles, The Virgin Islands, Jamaica, and Hong Kong. Chinese and African American experiences evolve differently yet converge in unexpected ways; they challenge political and social persecution - from shadows of the Qing government's oppressive rule in China, and British colonialism in Hong Kong, to entrenched American racism - with the unique vehicle of kungfu.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781608839025
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 60 min.)) : sd., col


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Oct 11, 2018

Through stills, archival footage, and recent interviews - "The Black Kung Fu Experience" is a documentary that looks at the 4 top black American martial artists in the USA who had starred in various Chinese "Kung Fu" movies during the late 1960s and into the early 1970s.

In this 60-minute presentation - Ron Van Clief, Dennis Brown, Don Hamby, and Tayari Casel not only reminisce about the good, old days when they were in top form as Kung Fu artists - But they also fondly reflect on the cross-cultural bridge that existed between the African-Americans and the Chinese, as well.


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