TAIJIQUAN AND THE SEARCH FOR THE LITTLE OLD CHINESE MAN: by Adam Dean Frank, BA, MA

By Adam Dean Frank, BA, MA

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The video journal became an important feature of my overall learning process and eventually began to include some filming of lessons with my teachers. The teachers received copies of these tapes. Due to a general reticence among my teachers to be filmed or tape-recorded, however, such methods remained limited. In addition to using technology in this collaborative way, the physical acquisition of the art—the act of practice itself—became an important methodological tool. As Deborah Kapchan has written in her study of collaboration between Moroccan Gnawa musicians and African-American jazz musicians, Cultural memories live in the body as presence.

Spradley’s continuum is useful in that it raises the question of how far one is willing or required to go as a participant. Complete participation (or “going native”) generally spawns “fringe” ethnography (Castañeda 1972; Silverman 1975; De Mille 1980) of a kind that may be more valued by the public than by one’s professional colleagues. e. as far as project participants and the Chinese government would allow). As a “white” person participating in a “Chinese” art, the method of participant-observation itself raised the kind of fundamental questions about doing versus being that I touched on at the beginning of this introduction.

Shanghai is a unique place that is in the odd position of being both aberration and trendsetter. In places as widely spaced as the tourist city of Zhuhai in the south and the ancient city of Kaifeng in the north, one can find clothing stores advertising “Shanghai style” goods. Yet, due to their relative wealth and to their public discourse about themselves as the most cosmopolitan of Chinese cities, Shanghai people sometimes suffer estrangement from their compatriots. As far as possible, therefore, I treat Shanghai as Shanghai.

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