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Colonial Project, National GameA History of Baseball in Taiwan$
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Andrew Morris

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262799

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262799.001.0001

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Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920s

Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920s

(p.7) 1 Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920s
Colonial Project, National Game

Andrew D. Morris

University of California Press

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

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