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Iron and Silk (1988)
by Mark Salzman
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394755111, Paperback)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."
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"The author tells of his two years teaching English to medical students in China's Hunan Province following his graduation from yale University in 1982. This book is 'not so much a treatise on modern Chinese mores as a series of telling vignettes....[The author] describes his encounter with Pan Qingfu, the country's foremost master of wushu, the traditional Chinese martial art.'" Time.
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