Fleeing the Chinese Cultural Revolution to New York in the 1960’s, Uncle Kuo, a T’ai Chi Master rumored to have once been the bodyguard of Madame Chiang Kai Sheck, finds himself in a vortex of adventures in the new novel by Marc Meyer, Taichi: The Story of a Chinese Master In America (Booklocker.com).
Once Kuo is reunited with his Asian-American family, he opens a T’ai Chi school and teaches T’ai Chi principles and techniques. Surprised by the social unrest and violence he encounters, Kuo takes his nephews under his wing as students, teaching them life lessons through T’ai Chi principles.
“We learn about Kuo and his journey through the eyes of his eldest nephew,” says author Marc Meyer. “He provides us a glimpse into the hidden world of yesteryear’s martial arts, practiced only in small enclaves of America’s Chinatowns.”
Kuo captures the true essence of a Master in the quiet way he approaches life’s challenges, as well as the colorful words used to inspire his students. His nephew recollects, “Remember!” my uncle would call out as we watched him lead a class. “Upper body like a butterfly’s wings, legs like steel.”
Author Marc Meyer’s talents are many. He is a professional pianist and works with prominent jazz and pop musicians. In addition, he is a T’ai Chi instructor as well as a writer. Taichi: The Story of a Chinese Master In America is his first book. His experience in T’ai Chi provides a truth in his writing that is symbolic of a memoir.
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Taichi: The Story of a Chinese Master In America