Dojo as a Cultural Center (1)

In summer, 1951, Tai Chi was introduced for the first time in New York to non-Orientals by Li Chi Chao, graceful warrior and professional modern dancer. This was at the Asia Institute, where I was deputy director. There were no kung-fu Bruce Lee or Karate Kid movies popularizing it then so no one enrolled, except myself and my dancer sister who had introduced fellow modern dance trouper Chao, but as we were both tuition-free staff members, there was no class.


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