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

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

(p.104) 5 “Chinese” Baseball and its Discontents, 1970s–1980s
Colonial Project, National Game

Andrew D. Morris

University of California Press

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

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