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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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Making Racial Harmony in Taiwan Baseball, 1931–1945

Making Racial Harmony in Taiwan Baseball, 1931–1945

(p.30) 2 Making Racial Harmony in Taiwan Baseball, 1931–1945
Colonial Project, National Game

Andrew D. Morris

University of California Press

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

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