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“A Boxer on the Boxers,” The World of Chinese

New post for The World of Chinese Magazine in which I call on cinema’s most famous boxer for his thoughts on the Boxer Uprising…


A Boxer on the Boxers

Today, the Boxers are celebrated in China as patriots who used extreme measures to deal with the problem of foreign imperialism. In the rest of the world, they are the antagonist in a very old movie starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and David Niven.

But like any great patriotic story, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about what went down in Beijing that summer. And since historians like nothing better than replacing one myth with another, I’ve asked another boxer, Rocky Balboa, to assist me in dispelling some of the rumors and semi-truths surrounding the history of the Uprising.