1st Edition

The Triple Asian Olympics - Asia Rising The Pursuit of National Identity, International Recognition and Global Esteem

Edited By J A Mangan, Sandra Collins, Gwang Ok Copyright 2012
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    Realpolitik as a component of the Olympic Games held in East Asia has been largely ignored by historians. However, sport was an integral part of cultural diplomacy and the expression of national prowess for the three Games held in East Asia: 1964 Tokyo, 1988 Seoul and 2008 Beijing. It is time this was recorded. The Olympic Games had transformational political, economic and cultural effects for the host cities and countries. This also is a neglected topic.

    The Triple Asian Olympics: Asia Rising explores the realities of global transformation, regional ascendancy and metaphorical modernity of the East Asian Olympics and, by extension, East Asia. As the axis of global geo-political and economic power shifts to the East, analyzing the significance of the Olympic Games in East Asia becomes significant to an understanding the shifting nature of the nations of East Asia. The Triple Asian Games are harbingers of dramatic geopolitical change. This is the first study to record, confront and examine this contemporary phenomenon. For this reason, this unique collection promises to attract a wide readership.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

    1. Preface Gwang Ok, Chungbuk National University, South Korea


    2. The New Asia: Global Transformation, Regional Ascendancy and Metaphorical Modernity J.A. Mangan, Strathclyde University, UK

    Part One: Emerging Asia: Sport as a Metaphor for Geopolitical Change

    3. East Asian Olympic Desires: National Identity on the Global Stage in the 1964 Tokyo, 1988 Seoul and 2008 Beijing Sandra Collins, California State University-Chico, USA

    4. East Asian Olympics, Beijing 2008, and the Globalization of Sport William B. Kelly, Yale University, USA

    5. The ‘East Asian’ Olympic Games: What of Sustainable Legacies? Peter Horton, James Cook University, Australia and John Saunders, Australian Catholic University, Australia

    6. Catching Up: Understanding the Pursuit of Sport Mega-Events by Rising Developmental States David Black and Byron Peacock, Dalhousie University, Canada

    7. A Comparative Analysis of the Olympic Impact in East Asia: From Japan and South Korea to China Ying Yu, University of Nottingham, UK  and Jiangyong Liu, Tsinghua University, China

    Part Two: The Asian Olympic Games: Nations, Nationalism and Internationalism

    Japan: 1964 Tokyo & 1988 Nagano

    8. Phoenix Arisen: Japan as Peaceful Internationalist at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics Paul Droubie, Manhattan College, USA

    9. Indeterminate Nationalism in the Final Twentieth Century Olympic Games: the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics Takayuki Yamashita, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

    Korea: 1988 Seoul and 2018 PyeongChang

    10. From the Destruction to the Reconstruction of Image: a Mega-Sports Event and the Resurgence of a Nation- the Politics of Sport Exemplified J. A. Mangan, Strathclyde University, UK, Gwang Ok and Kyoungho Park, Chungbuk National University, South Korea

    11. Third Time Lucky!? PyeongChang's Bid to Host the 2018 Winter Olympics – Politics, Policy and Practice Udo Merkel, University of Brighton, UK and Misuk Kim, Korea Institute of Sports Science, South Korea

    China: 2008 Beijing and 2009 Hong Kong

    12. Sociality of Losing? Speculations on the Beijing Olympics and Emergent Forms of Chinese Capitalism Gungtian Ha, Columbia University, USA

    13. The Making of A Modest Mega-event: Hong Kong and the 2009 East Asian Games Brian Bridges, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China


    14. Asia Rising-Changing Circumstances and Shifting Successes: Sport as a Metonymy for Regional Renaissance Sandra Collins, California State University-Chico, USA


    J.A.Mangan, FRHS, FRAI, D. Litt and emeritus Professor, Strathclyde University, UK, Founding Editor of IJHS and SGS and other Routledge journals has lectured world wide. Fellowships cover America, Africa, Australia and Europe including Berkeley, Oxford and Cambridge. Publications include three internationally acclaimed monographs: Athleticism in the Victorian and Edwardian Public School, The Games Ethic and Imperialism and 'Manufactured' Masculinity: Making Imperial Manliness, Morality and Militarism.

    Sandra Collins is an Assistant Professor of History of California State University-Chico, USA. An inaugural Post-Graduate Research Scholar of the International Olympic Committee, she is an author of the Missing Olympics and co-editor of Olympism. She has published on the Olympic Movement and sport in East Asia for over a decade.

    Gwang Ok is a professor of Exercise Science at Chungbuk National University in South Korea. He is also the Executive Director of Continuing Education for the university. Ok’s scholarship has focused on imperialism, nationalism and colonialism in modern Korean sport. He has published numerous articles on these topics, and the book, The Transformation of Modern Korean Sport: Imperialism, Nationalism, Globalization.

    ... a timely perspective on the national, regional and global meaning...of the Games... 

    ...[It] illustrates rising Asian cities using mega-sports events to orchestrate global ascendance.

    Professor Helen S. Siu, Yale University

    ... no other publication addresses the political and cultural role of the Olympics in the way this does...It is precisely the sort of publication we need to overcome the lack of attention paid to sport in studies of the political and cultural history of modern East Asia ..

    Professor Don Baker, University of British Columbia

    This volume has brought to my attention more intensely than any other that sport has today has become one of the central phenomena of our social lives...

    Professor Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University

    ...meets the need for globalization studies with an Asian emphasis [and] covers in-depth...unique aspects of the Asian Olympic nations. This makes for attractive reading ... highly recommended.

    Professor Li Hong Hsu, Da-Yen, Taiwan

    ...offers a distinctive perspective...on the Olympic Games in Asia... It will become an excellent, indispensable work of reference in the fields of sport, politics and Asia.

    Professor Dhong-Jhay Wang, National College of Physical Education, Taiwan

    Academically innovative...brings together scholars of international renown from East and West...an important addition to Asian Studies [and] a significant publication – not least because it deals with a most significant phenomenon of our times: Asia Rising!

    Professor Patrick W. C. Lau, Hong Kong Baptist University, PRC

    ...puts the spotlight on the geopolitical significance of Asia in the context of a globalized world [and] provide exciting reading bringing us closer to understanding the complexities of culture and identity...challenges us refocus our thinking about global sports events.

    Professor Hurriyet Babacan, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia

    ...a set of ground-breaking essays that will attract international attention. Its strength is its emphasis on Asia Ascendant using sport as a metaphor for its political, economic and global rise...

    Professor Bob Stewart, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

    .. almost certainly the most comprehensive evaluation to date of the significance of the Olympic Games in...Asia [and] an important aid to a general understanding...of the political, social and cultural development of the region.

    Professor Alan Bairner, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

    ...important, welcome and original...will be of interest to scholars from a wide range of disciplines [It] deserves particular praise because....the essays are written by leading experts [and] the editors have taken care to balance writers from Australia, Europe, North America with[Asian] writers.

    Emeritus Professor Mike Huggins, University of Cumbria, United Kingdom

    ...well-structured, expertly edited and extremely informative...in order to understand the history of Asia's rise to a powerhouse in international sport this is a must.

    Dr. Udo Merkel. Brighton University, United Kingdom

    ...provides in-depth information on an extremely relevant and important but under researched field [from] renowned scholars and experts [with] authentic regional insights into issues of global importance.

    Professor Gertrude Pfister, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    This collection integrates analysis of media technology, production aesthetics, the social organization of news gathering and event broadcasting, and the geopolitics of national promotion. In triangulating the three Asian Summer Olympics with a wider range of national media, it offers a most timely context, given the shift from an Asian venue (Beijing 2008) to a European venue (London 2012) and then a South American venue (Rio 2016). It also a volume whose relevance will endure and whose significance transcends its fascinating cases.

    William W Kelly, Yale University, USA