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Iron and Silk

Iron and Silk
Mark Salzman

October 12th, 1987

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Released: 1987-10-12

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Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman


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.”

Book Details

Author: Mark Salzman Publisher: Vintage Binding: Paperback Language: English Pages: 224

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