Asian American Athletes in Sport and Society
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For more than a century, sporting spectacles, media coverage, and popular audiences have staged athletics in black and white. Commercial, media, and academic accounts have routinely erased, excluded, ignored, and otherwise made absent the Asian American presence in sport. This book seeks to redress this pattern of neglect, presenting a comprehensive perspective on the history and significance of Asian American athletes, coaches, and teams in North America. The contributors interrogate the sociocultural contexts in which Asian Americans lived and played, detailing the articulations of power and possibility, difference and identity, representation and remembrance that have shaped the means and meanings of Asian Americans playing sport in North America. This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of the Asian American experience, ethnic relations, and the history of sport.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Sport, Racism, and the Media C. Richard King Society 2. Beyond Black and White: Chinese American Women’s Experience in Sports Yomee Lee 3. A Haunt in the Hunt: The Oriental Specter in the Wisconsin Deer Stand Incident Rory J. Ong 4. "Liting It Up": Indo-Pak Basketball and Finding the American-ness in South Asian American Institutions Stanley Thangaraj 5. Cheering for Our Team: Coverage of Women’s Basketball in a Japanese-American Community Newspaper Nicole Willms 6. Sex, Sports, and Spectatorship: The Transnational Erotics of Korean Athletes Rachael M. Joo Celebrity 7. American Memory and Chi Cheng CL Cole 8. The Spring of 1989: Michael Chang, Roland Garros, and Tiananmen Square Nancy Spencer 9. Chow Can Coach: Against Model Minorities Within College Sports David J. Leonard 10. Yo! Yao!: The "Ming Dynasty" and the Construction of an Asian American Identity Anna Chow 11. Living with Linsanity: A Retro-Diary of the Jeremy Lin Phenomenon Oliver Wang
C. Richard King is Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies at Washington State University.
'Collectively, the essays provide an interesting and needed window into the experiences and history of Asian American athletes.Summing Up: Recommended.' -S. K. Fields, University of Colorado-Denver, CHOICE Reviews, June 2015