Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in by Andrew D. Morris

By Andrew D. Morris

During this engrossing cultural background of baseball in Taiwan, Andrew D. Morris lines the game's social, ethnic, political, and cultural importance considering its advent at the island multiple hundred years in the past. brought via the japanese colonial govt on the flip of the century, baseball used to be anticipated to ''civilize'' and modernize Taiwan's Han chinese language and Austronesian Aborigine populations. After global conflict II, the sport was once tolerated as a remnant of jap tradition after which strategically hired by means of the ruling chinese language Nationalist occasion (KMT) while it was once additionally enthroned by way of Taiwanese politicians, cultural manufacturers, and voters as their nationwide video game. In contemplating baseball's cultural and ancient implications, Morris deftly addresses a couple of societal issues an important to knowing sleek Taiwan, the query of chinese language ''reunification,'' and East Asia as a complete.

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Fieen players, ranging in age from seventeen to twenty-two, were accompanied by Magistrate Eguchi and a small retinue of colonial hands eager to show off their walking demonstration of the magic of dōka pol- 22 Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920 s icy. ”111 Several players were invited to speak on “the savage life” at a public Savage lecture Address held at the railroad Hotel and prepare this “perfect Taiwan propaganda” for the home islands audience. Aer an opening address by a representative from the Osaka Asahi Shimbun, Nōkō third baseman Kisa spoke on “our life” and delivered a harmonica solo.

R. James in Beyond a Boundary,74 Japan hosted a similar visit by a baseball team from far-off Karenkō (Hualian) on the east coast of Taiwan. in 1921, a Han Taiwanese resident of Karenkō named lin Guixing had formed a Takasago Baseball Team of Amis Aborigine boys. Two years later, the team changed their name to the Nōkō Baseball Team (named for a nearby mountain, and literally meaning “High-Ability”) when they all enrolled in the Karenkō Agricultural Study institute. Some of these players were also embraced by local Japanese teams; one Amis youth (named in Japanese “Sauma”) achieved local fame by pitching a sixteen-inning complete game for the Karenkō railroad team in June 1923.

Owing to the interest taken by the native students in athletics, their physical condition is being much improved. ”55 Assuming that Arnold’s careful observations were not totally falsified, we are le to conclude that this longstanding Taiwanese opposition to modern physical culture was merely colonial legend, a series of memories and tales craed to naturalize the otherwise immoral business of colonialism. e history of colonial and postcolonial Taiwan becomes more complicated when we realize that Taiwanese observers for decades have also made use of this bogus colonial discourse of what weak and fearful natives their forebears and peers supposedly were.

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