Olympic Dreams China and Sports 1895 2008 Guoqi Xu

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: Two things. First, we want the world to get this message: The Olympics belong to the whole world.

Xu Guoqi Olympic Dreams China and Sports 1895 2008

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. 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. 9 A loss in a major sports event, meanwhile, can have a negative effect. 5 Although modern sports have played a significant role in constructing identities and ideologies since their gradual emergence in the mid-nineteenth century, the political functions of sports became even more pronounced during the twentieth century. So it is with the nation, ” he continued. ”88 Other Americans also singled out China as an example of a country that had lost the fighting spirit. ”89 At the turn of the twentieth century, many Americans worried about the perceived decline of the United States and looked for ways to rejuvenate the country.

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General Palmer E. ” Such concerns with physical fitness and national preparedness had, according to sports historian S. W. ”85 Here again, the development of sports was to a great extent linked to the military, which played a key role in popularizing the causes of physical vitality and the American sporting spirit. In the uproar that ensued, China’s sports organization decided to take part in the Games after all, sending Liu and Yu in China’s name. 69 In the end, only he was available to go to represent China in the Los Angeles Games. Yu Xiwei was quickly put under house arrest by the Japanese to prevent him from leaving to represent China. Once the members of China’s sports federation concluded that China would take part in the Games, they had to act quickly since the deadline to inform the Los Angeles Organizing Committee, June 68, had already passed. Olympic Dreams has little that will surprise the well-versed scholar of either contemporary China or contemporary sports. Conceptually, its main contention that organized global sporting competition is a potent instrument of both internationalization and nationalism is neither novel nor controversial. The book follows what by now is a familiar narrative of China's enlarging repertoire of engagement with the rest of the world through the rituals and practices of modern sport, a process accompanied by both ambivalence and enthusiasm and involving accommodations both clumsy and adroit. Omnivorous forays into Olympics history for purposes of illustration or analogy likewise retrace much well-traveled territory. Toward the end of the book, approaching what might be expected of Beijing's 7558 extravaganza, the author expresses dismay with China's post-Mao zeal for winning gold medals, a surrogate measure of power, wealth, and legitimacy on the global stage. He examines. . Use the simple Search box at the top of the page or the Advanced Search linked from the top of the page to find book and journal content.

Refine results with the filtering options on the left side of the Advanced Search page or on your search results page. Click the Browse box to see a selection of books and journals by: Research Area, Titles A-Z, Publisher, Books only, or Journals only. Немає доступних електронних книг Harvard University Press Amazon. Com Знайти в бібліотеці Де придбати Купуйте книги в Google Play Здійснюйте пошук у найбільшій у світі електронній книгарні та починайте читати вже сьогодні в Інтернеті, на планшетному ПК, телефоні або пристрої для читання електронних книг (eReader). In this history of sports in China over the past century, Xu (history, Kalamzaoo Coll. ) accents the cultural intertwining of athletics and politics as the country continually increases its emphasis on. Читати огляд повністю Already the world has seen the political, economic, and cultural significance of hosting the 7558 Olympics in Beijing in policies instituted and altered, positions softened, projects undertaken. But will the Olympics make a lasting difference? This book approaches questions about the nature and future of China through the lens of sports particularly as sports finds its utmost international expression in the Olympics. Drawing on newly available archival sources to analyze a hundred-year perspective on sports in China, Olympic Dreams explores why the country became obsessed with Western sports at the turn of the twentieth century, and how it relates to China s search for a national and international identity. How did the two-China issue nearly kill the 6976 Montreal Olympic Games? And why do the 7558 Olympics present Beijing with unprecedented dangers and opportunities? In exploring these questions, Xu brilliantly articulates a fresh and surprising perspective on China as an international sport superpower as well as a new sick man of East Asia. In Olympic Dreams, he presents an eloquent argument that in the deeply unsettled China of today, sport, as a focus of popular interest, has the capacity to bring about major social changes.