Academic journal article China Perspectives

Editorial

Academic journal article China Perspectives

Editorial

Article excerpt

The approaching Beijing Games, the eventful Olympic Torch relay, and the robust reactions it sparked among Chinese people around the world, are among the current developments highlight- ing the relationship between sports and politics. This theme is the focus of this issue of China Per- spectives, which includes a series of articles that do not directly address recent events but nevertheless offer insights for understanding them.

The issue opens with an article by Dong-Jhy Hwang and Li-Ke Chang that provides a retrospective on the development of sports in China since the establishment of the People's Republic. Among the topics it touches on are the Great Helmsman's thoughts on physical culture, the absolute primacy of politics in sports during the Cultural Revolution, and the subtler role of politics in the reform era. Xu Guoqi follows with a well-doc- umented analysis of China's participation in the 1952 Helsinki Games, tracing the Olympic movement's importance to the respective strategies of Beijing and Taipei to achieve international diplomatic recognition, and highlighting the enduring and eminently political dimension of the Games in the eyes of the Chinese authorities. …

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