Tai Chi in the Modern World- The Industrial Revolution

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How could it have come about that Tai Chi Chuan was revived in such a short period of time and gained tremendous popularity not only among the Chinese but all over the world? In order to answer this question we must be aware of the characteristics of Tai Chi Chuan and of modern society.

Regardless of whether or not the name “Industrial Revolution” is accurate, the fact remains that at the end of the 18th century a number of technological and economic changes caused more and more people to leave the farms and countryside to seek employment in factories. Factory life forced people into new ways of working, tuned their lives to the tireless mechanical rhythms of machines, and made them live in the burgeoning and dismal urban slums. The Industrial Revolution transformed society. It became one of the chief influences of modern Western life.

Close Reading:

Level 1: Paraphrasing-

State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.

Why did the revival of Tai Chi Chuan quickly become popular throughout the world? How does Tai Chi Chuan and modern society relate?

By 1900, as a result of industrialization (Industrial Revolution), overwhelming numbers of people left their country farms and homes to go to work in city factories. Working in a factory forced people to change the way they lived their lives. They forcibly learned to move like machines and live packed in future ghettos. The Industrial Revolution completely changed human culture. Assembly line money making became the mindless goal of the Modern Western world.

Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    1. The Industrial Revolution completely changed culture from natural to mechanical.
  2. In other words….
    1. The way we move our bodies has changed due to the way we changed our culture.
  3. For example…
    1. Most of our daily routines are not natural. We mechanically go through the day instead of naturally flowing into awareness of the moment.


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