KUNG FU CONFLICT – East Meets West
ANARCHY (CHAOS) vs TYRANNY
Cain escapes the corrupt tyranny of imperial China (a victim of a corrupt relative of the emperoror) POWER CORRUPTS; 20-30 MILLION die in Taiping Rebellion
Cain “escapes” to the CHAOS, freedom of American “Wild West”
Cain/Chinese victims U.S. TYRANNY of racial discrimination and ceonomic greed
OR “beneficiary” of American immigrant “acceptance” and “opportunity”
Cain victim/“hunted down” by Chinese Imperial “Bounty”; PRISONER of PAST?
INDIVIDUAL vs GROUP
Cain chosen for Shaolin Temple based on individual merit
Chinese/Confucian Group Harmony vs. Fierce American Inividualism/self-sufficiency
CONFUCIANS VS COWBOY
HIERARCHY (superiros/inferiors) vs EGALITARIANISM (social equality)
Is humanity “social” or “anti-social”??
Confucian group harmony through positive education reducing individual selfishness
American individual “rights” that protect us from “negative” behavior of others
SELF-IMPROVEMENT through Confucian EDUCATION (knowledge from others)
vs. American EXPERIENCE (learning by doing)
What does “nature” teach us? HARMONY or CONFLICT?
Is life about being “one” with nature or surviving the inherent “conflict” of nature?
IDEALISM – abstract FEELINGS of TRANSCENDENT BEINGS (Romanticism)
in a world that can/should be; UTOPIAN “PROGRESS” and “possibilities”
REALISM – concrete FACT that we are FINITE ANIMALS
limited by narrow,selfish instincts/interests – TRAGIC PROBLEMS and PRICES
Social Darwinism “Law of the Jungle” , survival of the fittest, kill or be killed
Is Hwai Chang Cain CHINESE or AMERICAN ? Is he BOTH or NEITHER?
Is this video Chinese MARTIAL ARTS or American WESTERN ???
OLD (3000 years) CHINA vs. NEW (not even) century old AMERICA
Eastern TRADITIONS vs Western TECHNOLOGY and innovation
an ORPHAN accepted – an OUTCAST rejected by both Chinese and Americans
Cain is caught between EAST and WEST – his “past” in one, his “future” in another
ESCAPING HIS Chinese past, educated in thousands of years of Chinese/Shaolin Priest past, escaping CImperial rule lasting thousands of year.
The “best” of “old” China, “rinventing” life in a “new” America
Persecuted in both Old China and New America
IN the END,WHO BETRAYS”CAIN? WHAT DOES HE DO TO the TRAITOR?
IMPERIALSIM – Nation coming into contact with other nations
GLOBALIZATION what happens in one part of the world effects another part of th Taiping Rebellion/war/famine in Ciina vs Industrial Revolution (railroads) in America