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Author: Mark Salzman

Upon graduating from Yale in 1982 with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature, Salzman travelled with his cello in tow to the industrialized city of Changsha in China's Hunan Province to teach English and to continue his study of wushu, the Chinese martial arts.

An accomplished writer, cellist and martial arts student, Salzman spent two years as an instructor at Hunan Medical College and studied wishu with a grand champion master. This account, a series of vignettes, reveals the world of each teacher and student who shared with him the gift of the true nature and spirit of the Chinese people.

His accounts of the unaffected charm of the locals, who marvel at his ghostly-white, three-dimensional countenance and his startling fluency in the Chinese language will charm the reader. Many, if not most residents of Changsha and the surrounding countryside have never seen a foreigner, much less met one who speaks Chinese and who is also highly skilled in their indigenous martial arts. These curiosities open many doors for Salzman, who is met with a willing teacher or an eager student at every turn. And those who do not entreat him to become either, bestow heartfelt gifts upon him as a genuine show of gratitude for the simple honor of having made his acquaintance.

$12.00 (softcover)
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