China’s youth gets back to basics – Jehangir S. Pocha

From San Francisco Chronicle:

Revered in myth, extolled in film and almost destroyed by revolution, China’s famous Shaolin Temple, where the martial art of kung fu was created, has been revived to fascinate a new generation.

“Coming here was a dream,” said Chen Fang, 13, one of 10,000 students now training in kung fu in Shaolin’s carefully restored buildings 50 miles southwest of Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s central Henan province.

“I used to be fascinated by kung fu, and fortunately, my parents agreed to send me here — to become an ‘iron soldier.’ ”

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