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The Resource American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China, Matthew Polly

American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China, Matthew Polly

Label
American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China
Title
American Shaolin
Title remainder
flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Polly
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Growing up a ninety-pound weakling tormented by bullies, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become a fighter like in his favorite 1970s TV series, Kung Fu. Later, Matthew decided to pursue this quixotic dream: he dropped out of Princeton to spend two years training with the legendary sect of monks who invented kung fu and Zen Buddhism. Expecting to find an isolated citadel of supernatural ascetics, he instead discovered a tacky tourist trap run by Communist party hacks--but the dedicated monks still trained in the rigorous age-old fighting forms. As Matthew grew in his knowledge of China and kung fu skill, he would come to represent the Temple in challenge matches and international competitions, and ultimately the monks would accept their new American initiate as close to one of their own as any Westerner had ever become.--From publisher description
Summary
Describes the childhood dream that led the author to study martial arts at China's famed Shaolin Temple, his initial disenchantment that turned into respect for the instructors, and the training that eventually led him to represent the Temple in international competitions
Tone
Award
  • Alex Award, 2008.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2012
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2008
  • YALSA Outstanding Book for the College Bound, 2009.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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191111
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
796.815/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV1100.7.A2
LC item number
P65 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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flying kicks, Buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China
Label
American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China, Matthew Polly
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0618/2006025384.html
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bk. 1: Wanderer. First step ; Lost in transplantation ; Sleeping beauty ; Kungfu world ; Lights, camera, action ; A Coke and a smile ; Defection -- Bk 2: Novice. Eating bitter ; The show must go on ; Chinese medicine ; Roommates ; Shaolin's champion ; The sacred and the profane -- Bk. 3: Initiate. Kickboxing ; Media matters ; Iron forearm boy ; Taiwan tunes ; Playing hands ; Crazy negotiations ; Taking a beating -- Bk. 4: Apprentice. Happy endings ; Iron crotch kungfu ; Getting schooled ; The sixth race ; Dirty jokes and beer ; Pride and penance ; Another American -- Bk. 5: Disciple. Challenge match ; Mistress management ; Tournament ; No problems ; The Western spear ; Endings -- Epilogue: Shaolin reunion
Control code
4215489
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781592402625
Lccn
2006025384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm70866948
  • (OCoLC)70866948
Label
American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China, Matthew Polly
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0618/2006025384.html
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Bk. 1: Wanderer. First step ; Lost in transplantation ; Sleeping beauty ; Kungfu world ; Lights, camera, action ; A Coke and a smile ; Defection -- Bk 2: Novice. Eating bitter ; The show must go on ; Chinese medicine ; Roommates ; Shaolin's champion ; The sacred and the profane -- Bk. 3: Initiate. Kickboxing ; Media matters ; Iron forearm boy ; Taiwan tunes ; Playing hands ; Crazy negotiations ; Taking a beating -- Bk. 4: Apprentice. Happy endings ; Iron crotch kungfu ; Getting schooled ; The sixth race ; Dirty jokes and beer ; Pride and penance ; Another American -- Bk. 5: Disciple. Challenge match ; Mistress management ; Tournament ; No problems ; The Western spear ; Endings -- Epilogue: Shaolin reunion
Control code
4215489
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781592402625
Lccn
2006025384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm70866948
  • (OCoLC)70866948

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