Going to the Bookshop with Liz… (2.12.2022)

On occasion, (despite everything going on around me), a vivid dream bubbles-up into the ‘conscious-sphere’, which often involves historical events and people I have known – usually replicating (or constructing) events very similar to (or identical with) real events that actually happened (such as our visits to the now long closed ‘Borders’ Bookstore in neaeby Kingston-Upon-Thames – ususually during Sunday lunchtimes following demanding gongfu training sessions in the morning)! Recently, wilst dealing with 101 other things – and not having seen Liz for years now (life goes on) – the following ‘vivid’ dream traversed across the surface of my mind – and I thought it meaningful enough to record in writing!

Fuzhou: White Crane Fist Gongfu – Long Live the Communist Party of China! (8.11.2022)

The Communist Party of China (indeed, the Marxist-Leninist [Maoist] Communist Party across the world) – dedicates itself to the protection and uplifting of women and children (whilst empowering and looking after many other oppressed, suppressed and exploited groups)! The martial arts above display was organised by the Xiamen Yongchun White Crane Fist Culture Research Association – together with a number of other White Crane Fist Training Halls located in the Fuzhou City area of Fujian province! The ‘White Crane Fist’ (白鹤拳 – Bai He Quan) is famous as being the foundational ‘Chinese’ Style of gongfu that modern Okinawan ‘Karate-Do’ is built upon!

Uganda’s Wakaliwood: Talented Local Man Films Low-Budget Shaolin-Inspired Martial Arts Films! 

In addition, the power supply in the slums is unstable. There is only about 3 days of electricity a week. Whether it is shooting or editing, it needs to be carefully planned. The power of the dream, however, helps the actors to persevere. After finishing each film – it is engraved onto DVD discs, each priced at 45 cents (about 3 yuan), and then people go door-to-door in costumes used in the film. Usually, a movie will earn about 300 yuan. Even though the road seems difficult and endless, the actors never gave up and maintain a high degree of enthusiasm for filming. Over the past few years, through the efforts of Isaac and his companions, more than 40 films have been completed such as ‘Who Killed Captain Alex’ and ‘The Return of Uncle Benon’! These films, which combine Ugandan culture with Chinese culture, (as well as elements such as gunfights and gongfu), have received a lot of likes and attention on YouTube, and are referred to as ‘people who really love movies’. ‘Who Killed Captain Alex’ even attracted an American fan – Alan Hoffmanis! He gathered his things together and travelled to Uganda to offer his expertise in the filming and editing process!

Falun Gong Fu – Does It Work in Combat? (22.9.2022)

4) These movements appear disjointed and out of order. Is this to hide their true power? We remain unconvinced that this martial arts system will work in actual combat – after-all – most of it involves US born Chinese or misled Taiwanese ‘actors’ lying on the floor and covering their hands and feet in tomato source! 

5) We are told that this style is called ‘Ming Hui’ (明慧) or ‘Bright Wisdom’ Fist (拳) – is this correct?

Taiwan (1895-1945): Fifty-Years of Imperial Tyranny Under Japanese Rule! (24.8.2022) 

One of the policies of assimilation was the promotion of enslavement education. Japanese education became compulsory for all Taiwanese (Chinese) children! The Japanese Colonial Authorities set up ‘Public Schools’ and ‘National (Japanese) Language Training Centres” to teach Japanese language and culture. This included Japanese martial arts such as the brutal ‘Swordsmanship of Bushido’ (and later such as ‘Karate-Do’, ‘Judo’) – designed to instil the Japanese National Fighting Spirit. In the school, the Japanese colonial teachers publicly shouted: ‘It is absolutely forbidden to use Chinese language or practice Chinese martial arts and those who are dissatisfied will be deported to ’Zhina’ [支那] (Japan’s disparaging name for China).’ Banning Chinese language and martial culture and popularizing Japanese is the most venomous move in Japan’s aggressive assimilation policy!

On the other hand, enslavement education prevented Taiwanese (Chinese) people from receiving higher education. Chinese students were excluded from college and university – except in special circumstances. Under this kind of enslavement education, Taiwan basically cannot find a secondary education institution suitable for Taiwanese people. This kind of discrimination was unbearable even for Japanese domestic educators that had to enforce it, and they even wrote articles criticizing it. Under pressure, the first civilian governor, Kenjiro Tian, decided that Taiwanese children with good Japanese could enter a good middle school and study in the same school with Japanese students. The Japanese Colonial Authorities preached that there was no racial difference in Taiwan’s education. In fact, this did not fundamentally change the discrimination against Taiwanese people in colonial education. Taiwanese higher education is basically enjoyed by the Japanese, and except for the Medical College and the Tainan Higher Commercial School, all other higher education institutions hold examinations in Japan. In the era of Japanese occupation, Japanese students accounted for more than 80% of Imperial University (later Taiwan University) attendees, whilst Chinese students accounted for less than 20%. The teaching content is mainly based on the dissemination of colonialist culture, whilst the history, ideology and culture of China were all excluded, so as to remove the influence of Chinese national culture at its root.

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