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The Routledge Handbook of Sport in Asia

Edited By

Fan Hong


Lu Zhouxiang

ISBN 9780367504731
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
650 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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