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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sport in China

Edited By

Fan Hong


Liu Li

  • Available for pre-order on June 9, 2023. Item will ship after June 30, 2023
ISBN 9781032068206
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
440 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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This is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the history, and development of sport from the ancient to the contemporary era in China. It addresses the gap between the vibrant academic scholarship within China and the limited understanding of Chinese sport outside of the country. It opens different perspectives on Chinese sport and addresses a wide range of issues central to the development of sport in the context of Chinese culture, politics, economy and society. It explores a diverse set of topics including the history of Chinese traditional sport, the rise of modern sport and the Olympic movement, sport and nationhood, sport and politics and international relations, sport and physical education, sport and economy and commerce, sport and social stratification and diversity, and sport leisure and tourism. It offers critical insights into the multifaceted world of Chinese past and present—a contribution to our collective knowledge and understanding of Chinese sport and society—useful reading for students, researchers and professionals with an interest in the field of China and Chinese sport.


This Handbook has been contributed to by a team consisting of 88 leading Chinese and Asian experts and scholars with varied backgrounds of studying and working in European, North American, and Australian universities, as well as Western scholars with expertise of China and its sports system and practice. It is composed of ten parts classified by different subjects. It provides a wide lens through which to better contextualise the relationships between China and the world within the global sport community.


The Routledge Handbook of Sport in China is a vital resource for students and scholars studying the history, politics, sociology, culture and policy of sport in China, as well as sport management, sport history, sport sociology, and sport policy and politics. It is also valuable reading for those who are working in international sport policy making and sport organisations.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1. The Bodily Practice, Thoughts and Beliefs in Pre-Qin Period (before 221 BC)

MA Lianzhen

2. Sport Transformation in Qin and Han Dynasties and Three Kingdoms Period

Huang Fuhua and Wang Xiaoqi

3. Sports in the Two Jin and the Southern and Northern Dynasties

Chen Xinhua

4. Sport, Physical Activity and Health in Sui, Tang, and Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period (581-979)

Gong He

5. Sports Development in Song and Yuan Dynasties (960-1368)

Liu Xinran

6. The Transformation of Traditional Sports in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1840)

Liu Hui and Qu Yingjie

Part 2

7. The Early Diffusion of Modern Western Sport to China

Shu Wan

8. Physical Liberation and Feminism: Women’s Sports in the Republic of China

Xiong Huan and Li Jiayu

9. Christianity and the Transformation of Physical Education and Sport in China

Zhang Huijie

10. Sporting Events and Competitions in Modern China

Wang Runbin, Wang Haiyan and Liu Huaxuan

11. Going Global: China’s Participation in the Olympics During the Republic of China

Zhao Guobing

12. China and the Far Eastern Championship Games

Wang Yan

Part 3

13. International Sporting Bids, China, and the Relations with Its Neighbours

Marcus P. Chu

14. Sport Diplomacy and International Relations of China

Ye Wen

Part 4

15. Professional Football in China: The Past, Present, and Future

Qi Peng

16. The Systemic and Political Governance of Chinese Sport

Xiaoqian Richard Hu and Wu Chuchu

17. Mass Sport And Its Role In Economic Development

Xing Xiaoyan

18. School Sport and University Sports Club Development in China

Chen Xuedong

19. Chinese Sports Lottery: Development And Regulations

Chen Hongping

20. Sports Law in China

Li Zhi, Qiao Yijuan and Liu Yongping

Part 5

21. The Influence of Gender Identities and Development on Sport and Physical Education in China

Bonnie Pang, Jessica Francombe-Webb, Bryan C. Clift and Emma Rich

22. A Comparative Study on the Policies and Practices of Physical Education in Schools at the Compulsory Education Stage Between China and Japan

Liu Chunyan and Zhang Donghao

23. Preschool Children’s Sport Policy Development and Health Since the Reform and Opening Up in China

Patrick WC Lau, Song Huiqi, Li Yin and Ava Xingmeng Huang

24. From the ‘Cooperation of Sports and Education’ to the ‘Integration of Sports and Education’: The Road of Training Elite Sport Talents in China

Guo Zhen, Wang Song and Chen Yiying

25. A Critical Assessment of Physical Education Systems in Schools

Jingxian Cecilia Zhang

Part 6

26. Sport and Physical Fitness of Senior Citizens

CAO Siyang

27. Sport and Social Stratification in Contemporary China: Migrant Workers, Citizenship, and Sport Rights

Chen Jiaming

28. Sport Participation of Ethnic Minorities

Daniel Lemus-Delgado

29. Sport Policy and Development for the Masses: A Historical Overview

Feng Jing

30. China’s Selection System for Disabled Athletes and its Advantages

Guan Zhixun, Sheng Xinxin and Wang Jing

31. Gender Politics and Women’s Sports Participation in the People’s Republic of China

Xiong Huan

32. Sports Participation Among Children and Adolescents

Zhan Enyan

Part 7

33. China at the Asian Games: Progress and Prospects

Yuan Shuying

34. Athletes Development in China:The Success and Challenge

Guan Zhixun, Cheng Xiaoxue and Sheng Xinxin

35. Flying the Flag at the Olympics: Representing Nation Through Elite Sport Space

Zhang Ling

36. The Commercialisation and Professionalisation of High-Performance Sport

Jin Hyunju

37. The Effects of Hosting the Olympic Games in China: From Host and Non-Host Cities’ Perspectives

Meng Ting

38. Social Media Marketing in China

Bo Li and Brody J. Ruihley

39. The Naturalization of Athletes in Mainland China

Tobias Ross

40. Inheritance and Enrichment: The Cultural Heritage of Beijing Olympic Games

Zhong Yuting

Part 8

41. Sport Commerce and Event Management in the Global Commodity Chains

Aurelien Bouche

42. The Promotion of Rural Revitalization in China through Grassroots Sports Social Organisations

Chen Congkan,Wang Sibei and Liang Ming

43. Sport Economy and Urban Development

Feng Jing

44. Leisure Sports in China: Policy and Practice

Su Xiaoyan, Shi Qing and Liu Yiwei

45. Generation Z Consumers and New Trends in the Chinese Sports Industry

Xue Wei

46. "An Art of Regrets": Creativity and Constraints in Olympic Documentary Making in China

Liang Limin

Part 9

47. A Review of Taiwan Sports

Yang Haichen

48. Sport and Hong Kong’s Identity in Transition Since 1997 - Sport Played as a Binder or Not?

Liu Huaxuan and Wang Runbin

49. The Development of Sport-For-All Culture in Post-Colonial Hong Kong

Glos Ho and Edmond You

50. The Development Of Sporting Culture In Hong Kong: Hong Kong Gay Games 2023

Bonnie Pang and Siufung Law

51. The Collaborative Innovation of Taekwondo Halls in the Cross-Straits Under the Background of Chinese Mainland's Taiwan Policy

Cheng ChiaChuan and Tu Chuanfei

52. Olympic Model: Consensus on Cross Strait Sports Communicate Since the Reform and Opening Up of the People’s Republic of China

Cheng ChiaChuan and Tu Chuanfei

53. The Transition of Hong Kong Elite Sport Policy Before and After 1997

Lau Wing-chung Patrick, Zhen Cheng and Wu Wen

Part 10

54. A Review of Major Publications on Chinese Sport within Western Scholarship in the 21st Century

Wang Yongshun and Lin Qisen

55. Management of Chinese Sports Science Research: Sport Science Institutes, Societies and Organizations

Ren Huitao, Wei Taisen and Zhao Yao

56. A Review of Chinese Journals, Conference Proceedings, and Publications in Sports Social Science

Yang Haichen

57. A Bibliometric Review on the Publications on Exercise and Sport Science in the Major Chinese Sports-Related Journals in the Last Decade

Liu Hongyou, Zhong Shisheng and Xu Huahua

58. Evaluation of Public Finance of Sports Science Research Projects in China——Taking the Sports Project of National Social Science Funds as an Example

Liu Wei

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Fan Hong is Professor in Sport Studies and executive Dean of the Institute of Olympic Studies and Research of Shanghai University of Sport, China. She has worked, as a Professor, in De Montford University, University College Cork, University of Western Australia, Bangor University from the 1990s to the 2020s. She was the editor of the International Journal of History of Sport (Asia) and now is the Editor in Chief of the Asian Journal of Sport History and Culture, and editorial board member of several academic journals. Her research interests are in the areas of sports history, gender, policy and organisation, cross cultural studies, and Asian sports history studies.

Liu Li obtained her PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2016 in Perth, Australia. She studied in University College Cork, Ireland from 2011 to 2014. She is now an Associate Professor in the School of Sports History and Culture, College of Sports and Physical Education at Anhui Normal University. She is an editorial board member of the Asian Journal of Sport History and Culture (Routledge). Her main research interests are Chinese history and sports history and culture. She has received funding for Six research projects. Two of them are supported by China’s National Philosophy & Social Science Foundation and the Ministry of Education. She has published two books in English (Routledge) and more than 20 book chapters and refereed journal articles in Chinese and English.