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Wu Xia 武侠 (Donnie Yen) Teaser Trailer 2011 [Youtube]

The spirit of Wu Xia 武侠 has captured the Chinese imagination for a long time, and is an almost irremovable component of the Chinese identity. Wuxia is a broad genre of Chinese fiction focusing on the adventures of martial artists and traditionally came in the form of literature. With the new media and the Chinese interest in charm offensive through amassing popular culture capital, Wu Xia films are coming in thick and fast. In a diagrammatic sense, if the U.S. favoured Westerns a la cowboy movies, the Chinese favour Wu Xia epics featuring kung fu masters. Here’s the latest offering on the Wu Xia genre featuring Donnie Yen.


Filed under: Charm Offensive, Culture, Domestic Growth, History, Influence, Media, Public Diplomacy, Social, Soft Power, Strategy, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, Youtube

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