Black Folks Kung Fu Fightin': Black America, Martial Arts, and Popular Culture

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of longer history of Black Americans and their relationship to martial arts; who some of key players are; how Black folks' engagement with martial arts has been represented in popular culture; connections of race, class, and gender through martial arts. Analysis of history of martial arts in Black America from post-World War II era to present. Using books and articles, movies and television shows, and other popular cultural venues, students develop critical analytical skills to understand how race, gender, expressive culture, and martial arts operate together to form understanding of Black American experience. P/NP or letter grading.

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