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Independent Lens Episode: "Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America"

Season 5, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: “Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America” profiles five Zen Buddhist monks (all of them martial artists) who have immigrated to the U.S. They're “on a road trip of enlightenment,” says narrator Beau Bridges, one that has taken some surprising turns. For Xing Hong, it's Las Vegas, while Xing Hao and De Shan have settled in Houston, where they train aspiring Olympians (officials are considering adding kung fu as a medal sport) and police officers. The hour also visits the orignial Shaolin temple in China's Henan province, and traces its 1500-year history.
Original Air Date: Oct 28, 2003

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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