dragon boat racing

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An ancient Chinese sport combining, as Allen Guttmann puts it, ‘aesthetic and agonistic impulses’ (Sports: The First Five Millennia, 2004). Impromptu races developed, in the Tang dynasty (618–907), into major commemorative events honouring public figures. Paddle-fuelled dragon boats are used in modern China as a form of cultural heritage, and by diasporic Chinese populations as a form of preservation and assertion of cultural identity.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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