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Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan

Andrew Morris


This cultural history of baseball in Taiwan traces the game's social, ethnic, political, and cultural significance since its introduction on the island more than one hundred years ago. Introduced by the Japanese colonial government at the turn of the century, baseball was expected to “civilize” and modernize Taiwan's Han Chinese and Austronesian Aborigine populations. After World War II, the game was tolerated as a remnant of Japanese culture and then strategically employed by the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), even as it was also enthroned by Taiwanese politicians, cultural producers ... More

Keywords: baseball, Taiwan, Japanese colonial government, Han Chinese, Austronesian Aborigine, Japanese culture, Chinese Nationalist Party, KMT, Chinese reunification, East Asia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262799
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Morris, author