Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.
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In 1982, Salzman flew off to teach English in Changsha, China. He writes of bureaucrats, students and Cultural Revolution survivors, stripping none of their complexity and humanity. He's gentle with their idiocies, saving his sharpest barbs for himself (it's his pants that split from zipper to waist whilst demonstrating martial arts in Canton). Though dribs of history and drabs of classical lore seep through, this is mostly a personal tale, noted by the Los Angeles Times for "the charmingly unpretentious manner in which it penetrates a China inaccessible to other foreigners."From the Publisher:
"Salzman demonstrates with skill and subtlety just how Chinese society works."--The Washington Post
"Gong fu, or 'skill that transcends mere surface beauty'...no other term is as apt for a book that describes China and its people with such deftness and delight."--Time
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Book Description Random House, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0394551567
Book Description Random House, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0394551567
Book Description Random House, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110394551567