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 - Korean Conjunction: A Meeting of East and West Prologue 2. The New Asia: Global Transformation, Regional Ascendancy and Metaphorical ModernityPart One - Emerging Asia: Sport as a Metaphor for Geopolitical Change 3. East Asian Olympic Desires: Identity on the Global Stage in the 1964 Tokyo, 1988 Seoul and 2008 Beijing Games 4. East Asian Olympics, Beijing 2008, and the Globalization of Sport 5. Catching Up: Understanding the Pursuit of Major Games by Rising Developmental States 6. A Comparative Analysis of the Olympic Impact in East Asia: From Japan, South Korea to China Part Two - The Asian Olympic Games: Nations, Nationalism and Internationalism 1964 Tokyo & 1998 Nagano 7. Phoenix Arisen: Japan as Peaceful Internationalist at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics 8. Indeterminate Nationalism in the Last Twentieth Century Olympic Games, the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics 1988 Seoul 9. From the Destruction of Image to the Reconstruction of Image: a Sports Mega-Event and the Resurgence of a Nation - the Politics of Sport Exemplified 10. Third Time Lucky!? PyeongChang's Bid to Host the 2018 Winter Olympics – Politics, Policy and Practice 2008 Beijing 11. The Making of a Modest Mega-event: Hong Kong and the 2009 East Asian Games 12. Sociality of Losing? Speculations on the Beijing Olympics and Emergent Forms of Chinese Capitalism Epilogue 13. Asia Rising - Changing Circumstances and Shifting Successes: Sport as a Metonymy for Regional Renaissance
As Robert Hands in The Times recently observed, the growth of sports studies in recent years has been considerable. This unique series with over one hundred volumes in the last decade has played its part. Politically, culturally, emotionally and aesthetically, sport is a major force in the modern world. Its impact will grow as the world embraces ever more tightly the contemporary secular trinity: the English language, technology and sport. Sport in the Global Society will continue to record sport's phenomenal progress across the world stage.