Stuntman, Actor, Action Designer, SAG-AFTRA

There's a lot of radioactive waste coming out in the form of shows and movies. They take our favorite childhood shows and movies, turn them inside out, impale our heroes, and produce radioactive beasts. These shows don't want us to love them. They want our attention. They do this through a clever gimmick that I [...]

Two different Wushu books written in China both have not-so-covert criticism of Mao's Cultural Revolution, both written near the end of the Deng Xiaoping era of 1979-1997. This period seemed to produce some actual history and science surrounding Wushu. Meanwhile, Maoists were still defending Mao's efforts to crush the "Four Olds: Old Ideas, Old Culture, [...]

The Qianlong court in the late 1700s banned women from performing live theater in China in an effort to "uphold morality." Men therefore impersonated females in the "Huadan" role, like the one played by Lam Ching Ying in The Prodigal Son (1981). European theater has a similar tradition of men performing female roles, a tradition [...]

Some of the early pioneers that helped in transitioning southern opera from Mandarin to Cantonese. Also note that there were various "amateur troupes... referred to as zhishi ban, they advocated a reformist if not a pro-revolutionary agenda, hoping to harness popular theater for the sake of political and social change in China." These were the [...]

Chinese history is full of myths that are difficult to disentangle, and often Buddhist myths that are intertwined with Taoism so much that you don't know where one influence ends and the other begins. Fortunately there was a host of skeptics, such as this Hu Yin of the Sun dynasty, which following the very superstitious [...]

The close association between dragons, colors, cardinal directions, elements, and even "emotions" indicates that Dragon "martial art styles", at their inceptions, were probably for divination and fortune-telling, and their ritual dances, maintained in the traditional Dragon dances of today, were to conjure rain and mitigate fertility and harvest crises. The various dragon schools (black, silver, [...]