The obsession with baseball as a Taiwanese “national game” is valuable, given its organic connections to Japanese and American cultures and its late adoption by the Chinese Nationalist one-party state. Baseball has served for almost a century as a useful device and meaningful artifact of Taiwanese society and culture even if its significance is more on global processes of colonialism, imperialism, the cold war, and capitalism than about limited notions of Taiwan. Currently, the game baseball in Taiwan is still experienced as a reminder of the profound influence of Japanese and American culture of transnational capitalism on Taiwan. The book here uses the term “glocalization” in order address the history of baseball in Taiwan. Glocalization is a term used to describe the local implementation of globalized forms.
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