American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China Topics for Discussion

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In what ways is China shown as a country that is changing and/or confused? Why? How does this reflect Matt's own character?

Why does Matt use Chinese words and phrases among the English ones in his book? Why does he sometimes translate the Chinese literally rather than use an equivalent English expression?

How does Matt change and grow up throughout this story? What causes this? Do you think he is a better or stronger person by the end?

Discuss the clash of cultures as it is presented in this story. In what ways is Matt surprised or disappointed by what he experiences in China? What misunderstandings arise? How is Chinese culture different from American culture and how does Matt adapt?

Discuss the theme of capitalism and communism in this book. How do these ideas affect China, Shaolin, Matt, the Chinese culture, and Matt's...

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