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Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920s

Andrew D. Morris

in Colonial Project, National Game

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262799
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262799.003.0002
Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920s

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Japan's career in Taiwan and its own vibrant baseball culture sprang from the same historical moment in 1895. This was the year that Meiji Japan apprehended its first colony—the malarial, bandit-and-opium-ridden island of Taiwan. This was also the year that Chuma Kanoe, an elite student athlete, published Japan's first book of baseball research. At the end of 1895, Japan included Taiwan into its new Western Standard time zone. Taiwan would now be incorporated into the modern Meiji order in many ways. Sport's occurrence in Taiwan had insinuations in terms of global culture and local reception. The fact of Japan's introduction of the game to Taiwan indicates that any treatment of the game must account for this double-layer of imperialism and colonialism wound tightly within Japanese baseball.

Keywords: Japan; Taiwan; Meiji; imperialism; colonialism

Chapter.  11281 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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