1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Sport in Asia

Edited By Fan Hong, Lu Zhouxiang Copyright 2020
    650 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    650 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first book to offer a comprehensive overview of the history, development and contemporary significance of sport in Asia. It addresses a wide range of issues central to sport in the context of Asian culture, politics, economy and society.

    The book explores diverse topics, including the history of traditional Asian sport; the rise of modern sport in Asia; the Olympic Movement in Asia; mega sport events in Asia; sport governance and policy; gender, class and ethnicity in Asian sport, and Asia’s sporting heroes and heroines. With contributions from 74 leading international scholars, it offers a new perspective on understanding Asian sport and society, telling the story of how sport in this mega-region is coming together and reshaping the world in the process. It also provides readers with a wide lens through which to better contextualise the relationships between Asia and the world within the global sport community.

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

    Introduction: the Asian Century and Asian Sport

    Fan Hong and Lu Zhouxiang


    Part I: Asia’s Traditional Sports


    1. In Authentic Relations: Traditional Asian Martial Arts, East and West

    Paul Bowman

    2. Chinese Philosophy and Asian Martial Arts

    Barry Allen

    3. A Brief History of Chinese Martial Arts

    Lu Zhouxiang

    4. The Development and Global Transmission of Wing Chun

    Benjamin N. Judkins

    5. The Transmission Modes of Taijiquan: Traditional Martial Art, Competitive Sport and the Political Re-Appropriation of Culture in Recent China.

    Pierrick Porchet

    6. The Long-Term Development of Japanese Martial Arts

    Raul Sanchez Garcia

    7. Kendō: An Indigenous Culture Embodying National Narratives in Japan

    Yasuhiro Sakaue

    8. Judo

    Mike Callan

    9. In Search of a Tradition for Taekwondo

    Udo Moenig and Minho Kim

    10. Chinlone: National Sport of Myanmar

    Maitrii Aung-Thwin


    Part II: The Rise of Modern Sport and the Olympic Movement in Asia


    11. The Foundation and Early Years of the Olympic Council of Asia: A Controversial Body Making Controversial Politics

    Jorg Krieger

    12. China and the Olympics

    Fan Hong and Zhong Yuting

    13. The Rise of Modern Sport and the Olympic Movement in India

    Souvik Naha

    14. The Rise of Modern Sport and the Olympic Movement in Japan

    Yasuhiro Sakaue and Lee Thompson

    15. Beyond the Peninsula: Sports and the Olympic Games in Colonial Korea (1910–1945)

    Seok Lee

    16. The Rise of Modern Sport and the Olympic Movement in Korea

    Gwang Ok and Ka-Ram Lee

    17. The Introduction and Institutionalization of Western sports in Colonial and Post-Colonial Malaya, 1786-1965

    Peng Ham Lim

    18. Sport, Colonization and Modernity in the Philippines

    Gerald R. Gems

    19. The Rise of Modern Sport in Colonial Singapore: The Singapore Cricket Club Leads the Way

    Nick Aplin


    Part III: Sport Policy and Practice: Public and Private Provision


    20. International Sports Events and the Two Koreas: Politics, Policies and Practice

    Udo Merkel

    21. Sport Diplomacy at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang: The Relations between North and South Korea 

    Jung Woo Lee

    22. Commercialisation of Sport in China

    Ma Yang and Zheng Jinming

    23. The Reform of China’s Elite Sport System: Case Studies on Football and Table Tennis

    Huang Gangqiang and Lu Zhouxiang

    24. The Development of Sport Policy and Practice in Taiwan

    Ko Ling-Mei and Lee Ping-Chao

    25. Politics and Policy of Forging Post-Handover Hong Kong as a Sporting Mega-Event Centre

    Marcus P. Chu

    26. An Overview of Sport in Modern India

    Pakianathan Chelladurai and Swarali Patil

    27. Indonesia’s Sport Policy and Development in the Old Order Era (1945–1967) and New Order Era (1967–1998)

    Amung Ma'mun


    Part IV: Social Stratification and Diversity in Asian Sport


    28. Safeguarding Children in Sport in Asia

    Daniel J. A. Rhind and Katsumi Mori

    29. Sport and Ethnicity

    Bonnie Pang and Rohini Balram

    30. South Korea: Women and Sport in a Persistent Patriarchy

    Guy Podoler

    31. Disability Sport in Malaysia: Challenges and Opportunities

    Selina Khoo

    32. Sport and Gender in Contemporary China

    Xiong Huan

    33. The Changing Society, State Policies and Sport for Young Children in 21st Century China

    Zhong Yijing and Dong Jinxia

    34. The Development of Elite Disability Sport in China

    Guan Zhixun

    35. Sport and Social Class in Japan: Past and Present

    Koji Kobayashi and Hitoshi Ebishima

    36. Sport and Gender in Japan

    Osamu Takamine

    37. Sport and Ethnicity in Indonesia: Developing National Character through Traditional Games

    Toho Cholik Mutohir and Muchamad Arif Al Ardha

    38. Yoga for Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Adolescent Relationship Issues

    Prasanna Balaji


    Part V: Sport in West Asia and the Middle East


    39. Sport and Diplomacy in the Middle East

    Andrea L. Stanton

    40. Sport and International Relations in the Arab World

    Bakeel Al Zandani and Youcef Bouandel

    41. Arab Countries’ Strategies to Bid and to Host Major Sport Events

    Wadih Ishac

    42. The Emergence and Development of the Islamic Solidarity Games

    Abdul Rahim Al Droushi

    43. Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa

    James M. Dorsey

    44. Playing Ball: Crowd and ‘Contra-Crowd’ in the Politics of Egyptian and Tunisian Football

    Larbi Sadiki and Layla Saleh


    Part VI: Asian Mega Sporting Events


    45. The Asian Games, Asian Sports, and Asian Politics

    Fan Hong and Gong He

    46. The Far Eastern Championship Games

    Wang Yan

    47. The Games of the New Emerging Forces

    Friederike Trotier

    48. Borrowed Spectacle: Olympic Rhetoric in Political Battles

    Jessamyn R. Abel

    49. The Southeast Asian Games

    Simon Creak

    50. The Asian Indoor Games

    Feng Jing

    51. The Political Dimension of the AFC Asian Cup

    Jörg Krieger

    52. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

    Min Ge

    53. The 1988 Seoul Olympic Games and South Korea’s Mega-Events

    Jihyun Cho

    54. Wushu Competitions in Asia

    Shen Liang


    Part VII: Asia’s Sport Heroes and Heroines


    55. Liu Changchun: China’s First Olympic Athlete

    Zhang Ling

    56. Rudy Hartono: An Indonesian badminton legend

    Toho Cholik Mutohir and Awang Firmansyah

    57. Dipa Karmakar: Rising Star of India

    Usha S. Nair

    58. Bruce Lee: His Jeet Kune Do, His Movies and His Legacy

    Liu Yinya

    59. Eric Liddell: The Flying Scotsman in China

    Zhang Huijie

    60. Yao Ming: The Basketball Giant

    Huang Fuhua

    61. Seri Pak: Korea’s Golf Empress

    Gwang Ok and Kyoungho Park

    62. Dhyan Chand Singh: A Legend in Hockey

    Usha S. Nair

    63. He Zhenliang: China’s Mr Olympics

    Zhang Jie


    Fan Hong is Professor in Asian Studies at Bangor University, UK. She is Visiting and Adjunct Professor at several universities in China, Indonesia and Australia. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Sport History and Culture, and an editorial board member of several academic journals. Her research interests are in the areas of sport history, gender, policy and organisations, cross-cultural studies and Asian studies.

    Lu Zhouxiang is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Maynooth University, Ireland. He is also Academic Editor of the Asian Journal of Sport History and Culture and Editor of Cogent Social Sciences. His main research interests are Chinese history, national identity, Chinese martial arts and China’s sport policy and practice.

    "[Fan Hong and Lu Zhouxiang] should be praised for bringing together this first major overview of sport in the vastness that is Asia. We have waited a long time for a volume like this one. In the Routledge Companion to Sports History published in 2010, Fan Hong opened the eyes of westerners to the strength of Chinese sports history. Now we have more, not just of sports history but also of contemporary sports issues across Asia." – Wray Vamplew, University of Edinburgh, The International Journal of the History of Sport

    "This ambitious compendium of 63 essays introduces readers to the vast subject of historical and contemporary sporting experiences of Asia, ranging across historical, geographic, and cultural borders. … Those sports/countries that are covered receive nuanced analysis. One important theme this volume tackles well is how Asian states have sought to deploy sport to advance their political agendas. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - J. S. Franks, emeritus, San Jose State University, CHOICE