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“Chinese” Baseball and its Discontents, 1970s–1980s

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/9780520262799.003.0006
“Chinese” Baseball and its Discontents, 1970s–1980s

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Taiwan's Little League sensed that they would win the next nine of twelve Williamsport Little League world championships. They were not afraid even if they had to compete with the youth of America. Taiwanese teenagers who represent the league were even dominant in these competitions. Taiwan's teams in the Senior League category won nine straight world championships from 1972 to 1980. While, the Big League teams from Taiwan won seventeen world championships in a 23-year period. Each of these championships' wins or losses reveal much about the standing and worth of the Japanese game of baseball, which was now earning the “Free China” regime recognition abroad. This Japanese game became a powerful site for the articulation of Taiwanese and mainlander suffering, degradation, and pain because of its associations with colonialism, war, and cultural loss.

Keywords: Free China; baseball; Williamsport Little League; championships; Taiwan

Chapter.  10459 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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