From Kung Fu to Hip Hop: Globalization, Revolution, and Popular Culture

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Explores the revolutionary potential of Bruce Lee and hip hop culture in the context of antiglobalization struggles and transnational capitalism.
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“Kato’s terrific book provides a rich analysis not only of Bruce Lee movies, but also of the political, economic, and cultural context in which they were produced. I learned a tremendous amount from this book—particularly the very innovative linkages made between the films and East Asian political economy.” — Vijay Prashad, author of Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity

“The book is extremely timely in its focus on the political potential of popular culture for sustaining old social movements and for developing new ones that cross national boundaries in the way that film and hip hop culture have.” — Nitasha Sharma, Northwestern University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791469927
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2007
  • Series: SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

M. T. Kato is an independent scholar and activist living in Hawaii.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: On Popular Cultural Revolution

1. Kung Fu Cultural Revolution and Japanese Imperialism

2. Burning Asia: Bruce Lee’s Kinetic Narrative of Decolonization

3. Mutiny in the Global Village: Bruce Lee Meets Jimi Hendrix

4. Enter the Dragon, Power, and Subversion in the World of Transnational Capital

5. Game of Death and Hip Hop Aesthetics: Globalization of Popular Cultural Revolution

Conclusion: From Possibility to Actualization of Another World


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