Baseball’s Second Century in Taiwan
Chen Shui-ban, Taiwan's president, made his first New Year's address to the nation on December 31, 2000. The president delivered his remarks with comments on the unique “Taiwan spirit” forged during the twentieth century and closed his address with a symbol of the Taiwan experience. Chen chose to encapsulate Taiwan's history and identity. The Taiwanese government and media celebrated “a century of baseball” in Taiwan in the year 2006. The observances clearly were designed to appeal to and construct a Taiwanese nationalism, but they also were meant to spotlight memories of Japan's “contributions” to Taiwan during their 50-year occupation of the island. The chapter ends by theorizing that a history of Taiwanese baseball is an appropriate and crucial window for understanding the complicated histories and cultures of modern Taiwan.
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