1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781138108912
Published May 25, 2017 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

1. Preface - Korean Conjunction: A Meeting of East and West  Prologue  2. The New Asia: Global Transformation, Regional Ascendancy and Metaphorical Modernity  Part 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

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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.