What is it about?

This article explores how the career of martial arts Chinese film star Donnie Yen's acts as a narrative. This narrative renders him a patriot and in turn amends problematic elements of imperial Chinese history.

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Why is it important?

The article demonstrates Chinese martial arts stars are able to resolve ideological contradictions between China’s past and present. This is due their status as modern celebrities who gain their fame from expertise in a traditional cultural practice.


It is my hope that this article will contribute in some small way to understanding the social significance of martial arts culture in modern China and how the rise of modern Chinese celebrity may impact on this.

Stevey Richards
University of Winchester

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This page is a summary of: The patriotic narrative of Donnie Yen: how martial arts film stars reconcile Chinese tradition and modernity, Celebrity Studies, April 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2019.1601427.
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