Disciplinary Elective Course
This course introduces various features of China’s martial heritage and current practices of martial culture. It gives students a distinctive opportunity to explore how martial arts and philosophy have shaped many dimensions of Chinese life, including but not limited to war. Students will learn how martial thought and behavior fulfill the needs for self-defense, health, intellectual enrichment, spiritual development, entertainment, and cultural expression. Expert practitioners of martial arts and scholars working in related areas such as Chinese medicine in Hong Kong will be invited as guest lecturers to demonstrate how martial ethics and customs continues to affect Chinese social and cultural identity in the present day.