The first book to focus solely on the Asian Games, this is an analysis of the Oriental rival to the Olympics in terms of its geopolitical, economic, sociological, historical, racial and aesthetic context, looking at its birth, growth and maturation from 1913 up until 2006. Written by a team of international scholars, this is a collection of original research and first-hand material from archives across Asia which addresses a number of issues central to notions of nationalism and Orientalism in sport including:
- the relationship between the Asian Games and the Olympic Games
- the challenge the Asian Games present to Western forces such as the IOC and international sports federations
- power structure and struggle in the Asian Games
- nationalism and cultural identity
- the relationship between Orientalism, Globalism and the Asian Games
- commercialisation of the Asian Games
- the contribution modern sport makes to social development in Asia
- the future of the Asian Games.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Origin of the Asian Games: Power and Politics. Fan Hong. 1. India and the Asian Games: From Infancy to Maturity. Mithlesh K. Singh Sisodia. 2. Indonesia and the Asian Games: Sport, Nationalism and the 'New Order'. Rusli Lutan. 3. The Politicization of Sport: GANEFO - A Case Study. Rusli Lutan and Fan Hong. 4. Thailand and the Asian Games: Coping with Crisis. Sombat Karnjanakit and Supitr Samahito. 5. Iran and the Asian Games: The Largest Sports Event in the Middle East. Ali-Mohammad Amirtash. 6. South Korea and the Asian Games: The First Step to the World. Eunha Koh. 7. Communist China and the Asian Games 1951-1990: The Thirty-nine Year Struggle to Victory. Fan Hong. 8. 2006 Qatar Asian Games: A 'Modernization' Project from Above?. Mahfoud Amara. Epilogue: Nationalism, Orientalism and Globalization: The Future of the Asian Games. Fan Hong. Table. The Far Eastern Championship Games 1913-1934. Huan Xiong. Table. The Asian Games 1951-2002. Ping Wu.
Fan Hong is a professor and the Director of the Irish Institute of Chinese Studies at University College Cork. She is a regional editor of the International Journal of the History of Sport and a member of various editorial boards including the Sports Studies Journal and the International Encyclopedia of Women and Sport.