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1st Edition

Indigenous Sports History and Culture in Asia

Edited By

Fan Hong


Liu Li

ISBN 9780367695224
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
170 Pages

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Book Description

This is the first book in English that adopts a critical socio-historical perspective to examine the important themes and challenges of Asian indigenous culture and sport. Written by leading sport historians and scholars, the chapters in the book contain real-life case studies and comparative studies in Asian sport.

The book examines the history, contemporary governance and management, gender, and ethnic issues embedded in folk sports and physical culture, and the challenges faced by Asian indigenous sports and their evolution. Based on cutting-edge research from China, Japan, Korea, Israel and beyond, this book will be a valuable addition to any course in sport history, sport culture, sport development and sport sociology. It will stimulate those who are seeking ways to promote and develop indigenous sports, from intangible cultural heritage protection to global sport partnership. It will also be of interest to students, researchers, and practitioners, who wish to understand the changing face of Asian society and Asian indigenous sport.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Indigenous Sports in Asia: Tradition and Modernity

Fan Hong and Liu Li

1. Conquering the World: The ‘Martial’ Power of Japan Goes Global

Evgenia Lachina

2. The Japanese and Korean Martial Arts: In Search of a Philosophical Framework Compatible to History

Udo Moenig and Minho Kim

3. The Heritagization and Institutionalization of Taekkyeon: An Intangible Cultural Heritage

Jin-Kyung Park, Hyae-Syn Tae, Gwang Ok and Sun-Yong Kwon

4. Comparative Research on the Modernization of Chinese and Japanese National Traditional Sports from a Culturology Perspective

Li Lu and Dong Pan

5. Body · Experience · Imagination: The Collective Memory of Chinese Martial Arts

Lu An and Fan Hong

6. From Exclusion to Inclusion: Changes in Women’s Roles in Folk Sports and Indigenous Physical Culture in China

Huan Xiong, Junyu Deng and Jiao Yuan

7. History and Singularity of Krav-Maga

Guy Mor

8. Taekwondo and Peace: How a Killing Art Became a Soft Diplomacy Vehicle for Peace

John A. Johnson


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Fan Hong is Professor of Sport Studies at Shanghai University of Sport, China. Her main research interests are in the areas of sports history, gender and sport, Asian Sports Studies and Olympic Studies.

Liu Li is Professor at the School of Physical Education, Anhui Normal University, China. Her main interests are in the areas of sports history and Asian sports culture.