The East Asian Olympiads, 1934–2008

Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China

The East Asian Olympiads, 1934-2008: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China is the first scholarly volume to focus on the collective East Asian experience of the Olympic Games. These twelve essays, from the diverse disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, geography, history, political science, and sports studies, explore how the Asian Olympics were used as patriotic exercises and yardsticks of social progress, shaped ideals of individual health and national strength, and were manipulated by states, interest groups, commercial concerns, and the media. This innovative collection suggests that the Olympics have played an important role in the creation of a modern East Asian identity in a world—and a global sporting culture—still dominated by the West.

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William M. Tsutsui is Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Modern Japanese History at Southern Methodist University. He has published extensively on Japanese economic, environmental, and cultural history including Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004).

Michael Baskett is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of The Attractive Empire: Transnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2008) and Film/DVD Review Editor for The Moving Image.