China’s sports history and its contemporary role in the global sporting community have become well-known, but the sporting history and development of China’s two Special Administrative Regions – Hong Kong and Macau – have not received the coverage they deserve either in their historical contexts or since the handovers of control to the People's Republic. By drawing on a multi-national group of scholars and practitioners, this volume makes a unique contribution to the understanding of sports development in greater China. The essays in this anthology examine the evolution of key sports, the hosting of sporting mega-events, the nexus of sports and politics, identity issues, and the role of sporting diplomacy. The chapters provide not only an analysis of colonial legacies but also in-depth accounts of the challenges to and outcomes of sports development in Hong Kong after 1997 and Macau after 1999.
The chapters in this book were originally published in various special issues of The International Journal of the History of Sport.
Introduction: Rethinking Sport in the Two SARs
Brian Bridges and Marcus P. Chu
1. Post-Handover Hong Kong’s International Sporting Bids: A Win-Less-Lose-More Journey
Marcus P. Chu
2. The Hong Kong Games in the Eyes of Local Sports and Recreation Students
Glos Ho, Edmond Yik Ming Yiu, Michael Huen Sum Lam
3. Maintaining a Minority Sport: Cricket in Post-Colonial Hong Kong
4. Emergence, Cessation and Resurgence during the Evolution of Rugby Union in Hong Kong
Leigh Jones, Nicky Lewis
5. ‘Indigenous’ or ‘All Stars’: Discourses on ‘Team Hong Kong’ in a FIFA World Cup Tournament
Lawrence Ka-Ki Ho, Andy Chiu
6. Reconnecting Colonial Imagination? Hong Kong People’s Attitude towards the London 2012 Olympics
7. From Integration with China to Engagement with the World: International Mega-sports Events in Post-Handover Macau
Marcus P. Chu
8. Sports-Politics Puzzle in China’s Macau
Eilo Wing-yat Yu, Leo Hou-ieong Lei
9. Two Tales of China's Sport Diplomacy: Post-Handover Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions Compared
Vic Li Yu-wai
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