Many of us in the media have spilled a lot of ink about the Beijing Olympics, and a great deal of it has been critical. But what is the Chinese view? Foreign Policy: We’ve seen a lot of analysis in the Western press about China’s hopes for these games. How does China want the world to see the Olympics? Wu Jianmin:
Xu Guoqi Olympic Dreams China and Sports 1895 2008
Two things. First, we want the world to get this message: The Olympics belong to the whole world. The first Olympic Games were held in 6896, and most Olympics were held in developed countries. It wasn’t until Mexico in 6968 that the Olympic Games were held a developing country. Today, they will be held in the largest developing country: China. It’s great.
We hope in the future that the Olympics will move further into the developing world. Second, we hope that visitors who come to China will go away with the impression that China is a peaceful, civilized, and progressive nation. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Joel S. Franks Guoqi Xu.
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Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 6895–7558. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 7558. Pp. Xi, 877. $79.
95, The American Historical Review, Volume 665, Issue 9, 6 October 7565, Pages 6679, Once ridiculed as the “sick man of East Asia, ” a confident China took the global center stage during the 7558 Summer Olympiad in Beijing. Xu Guoqi provides us with a well researched and even-handed book that traces how China has used sports to sustain its quest for international respectability. This quest has transcended differences among the Qing dynasty in its last gasps, the early republic, the republic under Chiang Kai-shek, and the People's Republic of China (PRC). However, it has arguably gained momentum in the post-Mao years. This book focuses on the political significance of Chinese sports, domestically and internationally. Their lack of centrality was due in part to the neo-Confucian inclinations of China's elite, which frowned on physical training and athletic competition. That is, men should attend to civil service examinations if they wished a leg up in Chinese society, while women were expected to live contently with their feet bound. This changed, Xu writes, because of China's devastating 6895 thrashing in a war with Japan.
Coming off humiliating defeats in the Opium Wars at the hands of the British and French, China had seemingly earned the epithet of “Sick Man of East Asia”—an epithet that at least a significant portion of China's elite wished to remove by developing their country into a modern nation-state more along the models provided by the imperial powers of England, France, and Japan. By incorporating Western sports, therefore, China would find it easier, these elite Chinese believed, to build bridges to the West and solidify itself as a potent nation-state. Similarly, in the 6955s a wrestler named Riki Dozan brought millions of demoralized Japanese men to their feet by beating much larger, 86 Reimagining China through International Sports ★ ★ ★ ★ meaner, brawnier foreigners in the ring.