Martial Arts and the Media
IMPACT OF ASIAN MARTIAL ARTS ON AMERICAN MEDIA
A multi-media talk with Michael Matsuda, Founder & President of the Martial Arts History Museum, Burbank, accomplished author of five books, and martial arts historian.
Although Asian forms of martial arts have been part of the American landscape since the early 1800s, it wasn’t until the 1900s that everything changed. With the introduction of film, television and other forms of media, Asian artistry, culture and tradition have had a dramatic effect on American history and caused cinema to quickly change directions for a whole new audience.
Through this talk, you will be introduced to Asian history and see how the 1848 Gold Rush, the art performed by President Theodore Roosevelt, moves used by James Cagney, and a little foreign film called Five Fingers of Death changed the world.
This talk includes three short videos of the history of martial arts in film, television, and print.