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Making Racial Harmony in Taiwan Baseball, 1931–1945

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/9780520262799.003.0003
Making Racial Harmony in Taiwan Baseball, 1931–1945

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Taiwan had been transformed into a stable, peaceful, and prosperous Japanese colony in the year 1930. It had become a consistent “sugar bowl” and “rice basket,” providing foods and light industrial products for Japan's home islands. Baseball maintained a virtually hegemonic grasp on Taiwanese imaginations of modern identity and culture. There was no analogue in colonial Taiwan to Ireland's culture of “Gaelic games,” sports valued for their difference from British games and codified in the late nineteenth century as specifically Irish by the anti-colonial Gaelic Athletic Association. An association like “Gaelic games” meant to set Irish men apart from British and colonial modes of masculinity.

Keywords: Gaelic games; baseball; Taiwan; British; Japanese

Chapter.  11469 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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