Kung Fu – “East” Meets “West” – REACTION
___ 1)The bar fight is evidence of American white racism. Americans are xenophobic. ____
(fear and/or hate of the “outsider”) Explain:
____ 2)The Chinese are “racist” and xenophobic. The Shaolin had never admitted anyone ___
without being “full Chinese”. That is evidence of not only Chinese arrogance,
but shows that all peoples are prejudicial and xenophobic on some level. Explain:
____ 3)The Chinese railroad workers were “victims” of American greed and cruelty, _____
starving and dying to bring material “progress”. America puts greedy profits
ahead of human well-being. Explain:
____ 4)The Chinese workers were victims of their own country and people. They were ____
victims of the war, chaos and famine that forced them to leave China. The U.S.
were one of the few nations willing to give them an “opportunity” to live and work.
All American immigrants have had to work hard to survive a world of “survival of
the fittest”. Immigrants eventually share in the benefits and “blessings” of America,
5)Which “strength” is superior – “outer” (physical) or “chi”, inner (mental) strength?
Why? What’s its ‘drawback”?
6)What exactly do we learn from ”nature”?
Does nature teach “harmony” or “chaos”, peace or conflict, beauty or brutality?
Does “nature” lead to “harmony” or “one-ness”, where everyone and everything are at “one’,
where all differences, discord and conflict eventually “disappear”?
OR is “nature” a “duality” of opposites that stay in constant conflict? Briefly explain:
___7)The best way to deal with “force” or conflict is the “path of indirect, least resistance”. Running away and avoidance; not stopping, but redirecting force; preserving rather than
destroying, etc. All life is “precious” and cannot be “replaced” – therefore we need to “respect” all life. The “ideals” of life and nature demands this. Briefly explain:
___ 8)The best way to deal with force or conflict is “direct” confrontation, not “passive” ___
resistance. Force needs to be meet by equal or superior force. An “eye for an eye” creates short term destruction, but future “deterrence” brings long-term peace. A “realistic” view of life shows nature has “no mercy” – the strong survive, the weak die off.”. Briefly explain:
___ 9)The Chinese worker was right to seek a violent railroad camp rebellion – ____
“The weak will always be abused. Only when a man is strong and feared is he safe.”
Better to die “bravely”, trying to make something better now, than to passively suffer
as “cowards” against a cruel enemy. Explain:
___ 10)Caine was right to protest that death without hope of winning was “senseless” ____
and stupid “slaughter”. Mindless violence and self-destruction would solve nothing.
Patience, survival and hope in a better future was a wiser strategy. Explain:
___ 11)Caine did the right thing by killing the people he did. Sometimes, killing is ____
“necessary.” One needs to “cut off a finger to save your hand” – if you never stand up to evil (with evil), it will always win. Sometimes, you need to lose battles to win the war. Explain:
12) The character Caine was caught between the “tragedies” of life’s contradictions,
between “east” and “west”, “idealism” (ought/should be) and “realism” (is/are).
What are the strengths and benefits Caine received from: (use list below)
How was Caine “victimized” and “wronged” by:
Idealism: (how should “ought”/should be)
Peace, harmony, good will, honor, respect, education, opportunity, second chances
Realism: (how things really “are/is”)
Greed, violence; racism; appeal to honor with people who have no honor
“Temple of Heaven” run by evil and corrupt rulers; Master Po’s “dream” a “nightmare”
Master Po’s ambition leads to his own murder and Caine’s dilemma
‘Law” that ignores and violates “justice”;
Bounty hunter irony – trying to avoid conflict with all, willing to kill his own (a fellow Shaolin) for being a traitor, yet claiming that the taking of a life does no one honor