Huo YuanjiaThis article traces the evolution of the Huo Yuanjia story as it was first popularized by the Jingwu Athletic Association and the martial arts novelist Xiang Kairan, and later by the Hong Kong and Chinese film industries. Patriotic and commercial impulses drove these different actors to appropriate and expand Huo’s story, resulting in a popular narrative that symbolizes China’s struggles in the 20th century. The author, Jason Halub, an Instructor of History at the US Military Academy at West Point, skillfully distinguishes myths from facts, and legend from actual history.

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