This book examines Australia’s sporting relationships with the Asian region during the interwar period. Until now, Australia’s sporting relationships with the Asian region have been neglected by scholars of Australian and Asian sports history, and the broader field of Australia’s Asian context. Concentrating on the period of the 1920s and 1930s – when sporting relationships between Australia and a number of Asian nations emerged in a variety of sports – this book demonstrates the depth of these previously under-examined connections. The book challenges, and complicates, the broader historiography of Australia’s Asian context – a historiography that has been strongly influenced by the White Australia Policy and the Pacific War. Why, for example, did white Australia so warmly welcome visiting Japanese sportsmen at a time when the Pacific region appeared to be inexorably sliding into a war that was informed by racial antagonisms?
This book examines sporting relations between Australia and seven Asian countries (China, Japan, India, Netherlands East Indies, Philippines, Malaya and Singapore) and a range of sports including rugby, football, swimming, hockey, boxing, cricket and tennis. This book was published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
1. Introduction: Australia’s Asian sporting context 2. ‘Despicable and degrading’: Australian – Ceylonese sporting relations 3. ‘Little giants of the ring’: fighting race and making men on the Australia – Philippines boxing circuit, 1919 – 1923 4. A new China: using sport to expose a multi-class race through the 1923 Chinese soccer tour of Australia 5. Oldfield’s XI and the golden bond of empire: the 1927 Australian cricket tour of Singapore and Malaya 6. Second rate Java Jaunters: soccer football, the imaginary grandstand, cultural diplomacy and Australia’s Asian context 7. ‘Lively little visitors’ and ‘peaceful ambassadors’: reading Japanese sporting tours through the Australian press – 1926 to 1935 8. ‘Indian hockey [and football] tricks’: race, magic, wonder and empire in Australian – Indian sporting relations, 1926 – 1938 9. Playing fields
The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.