The Old and the New: Chinese Boxing and the Integration of Traditional and Modern Chinese Identities

Eacersall, Douglas ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2674-1240 (2015) The Old and the New: Chinese Boxing and the Integration of Traditional and Modern Chinese Identities. In: Imperial Identities: Intersections and Transformations Workshop, 24 Oct 2015, Oxford, United Kingdom.


Abstract

Studies of Chinese modernisation have tended to make use of binary oppositions such as traditional versus modern. Although this paper recognises the relevance of such models, it seeks to take a more nuanced approach. This approach examines notions of identity, within the context of Imperialism and modernisation, which take into account the convergence and integration of traditional and modern Chinese identities during the period 1900 to 1935. Specifically, the paper demonstrates how the revival of traditional Chinese boxing at this time involved the construction and maintenance of both modern and traditional identities that utilised aspects of a traditional China from the past as well as elements derived from new cultural movements influenced by foreign imperialism. Rather than being in binary opposition these emerging identities represented hybrids of both old and new, traditional and modern, foreign and indigenous in an attempt to resist and negotiate with foreign imperial pressures at the time.


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Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 04:33
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports history, martial arts, identity, Imperialism, modernity
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430301 Asian history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430313 History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1306 Sport, exercise and recreation > 130699 Sport, exercise and recreation not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48387

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