But the comrades in the office, like anyone else, would rather do something silly than stupid. Afterwards, one of the students explains to him that, "the official statement concerning rats is that they have been stamped out. Mark learns that to be a true martial arts competitor, he must learn to develop his internal strengths that are referred to by the Chinese as "qi" and "gong fu.
The various people he meets — professors, bureaucrats, fishermen, students — come to life as he describes their clothing, customs, habits, living conditions and demeanor. They are dedicated and respectful people who are loyal to their friends and family. Most likely, a limited budget was to blame, as Iron and Silk is a very small, independent cinematic work.
After graduation, Mark and several other Yale graduates, accepted teaching positions in China. He speaks of no regrets and attests to the increased admiration and respect he has for China and particularly its people.
The book is told in a series of vignettes, and divided into sections. At Yale he majored in Chinese Literature. Remarkably, however, the sets, costumes, casting, script, and cinematography are all first rate for a film of its kind. Much of the book focuses on his own efforts to expand his knowledge of martial arts, calligraphy and Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and the local dialect.
At only 92 minutes, another half hour of story development in the film would easily have served to fulfill the missing elements. In one typical yet particularly amusing incident, in a moment of pure reflexes, Salzman kills a large rat as it scurried across his desk during a lesson.
Mark and his colleagues arrive together in the city of Changsha where the Hunan Medical College is located. And those who do not entreat him to become either, bestow heartfelt gifts upon him as a genuine show of gratitude for the simple honor of having made his acquaintance.
After two years, Mark heads back to the United States. Most of the people he encountered had never seen a Westerner before, and many were stunned to silence on first seeing him.
He never blames the people for the propaganda they repeat. But if they give you the reward, then an official disburser of State funds will have publicly confirmed to a foreign resident that rats do exist here.
He had studied kung fu, Chinese art From the back cover: He had studied kung fu, Chinese art and calligraphy.
Instead he feels concern and is hurt that their pure natures are being compromised. One of his biggest passions in life is martial arts. Reading this memoir gave me a glimpse of China that I do not know.
When he is China, in the birthplace of the art form, Mark feels blessed that he is able to receive instruction from world class experts. I was a little disappointed to not have more information about the classes he taught and the students he encountered, though there are a few scenes about those experiences.
In the early s few Chinese had themselves traveled beyond their own villages, let alone to other countries. Mark enjoys his classes and learns many interesting and anecdotal incidents about China and its people and culture from his students.Buy Iron and Silk (Vintage Departures): Read 97 Kindle Store Reviews This book is the stuff of legends!
'Iron and Silk' one of a triad of books by Americans teaching in China. As a group, these books together clearly illustrate the blind men and the elephant that is China.
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