The story of Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910) has in the past four decades become a highly acclaimed feature of both popular entertainment and historical debate. Huo Yuanjia lived in the middle of a period historicized in China as a “century of humiliation,” and his story has been incorporated within a narrative of national humiliation for both patriotic and financial incentives. By tracing the development of his story since its reemergence in the 1970s, an understanding regarding the approach of national history in the People's Republic of China and how historical figures are used within the narrative can be developed. While this example of a famous patriotic martial arts master from the late Qing Dynasty cannot represent the historical discourse in its entirety, we can grasp the power and influence of the narrative of national humiliation in contemporary China—a narrative that co-exists within both an unofficial and an official historical discourse.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||History, Modern history|
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