By Victor D. Cha
The Beijing Olympics should be remembered because the biggest, most costly, and most generally watched occasion of the trendy Olympic period. yet did China manifest itself as a dependable host and an emergent overseas strength, very like Japan in the course of the 1964 Tokyo video games and South Korea in the course of the 1988 Seoul video games? Or used to be Beijing in 2008 extra like Berlin in 1936, whilst Germany took benefit of the worldwide highlight to advertise its political ideology at domestic and abroad?
Beyond the ultimate Score takes an unique examine the 2008 Beijing video games in the context of the politics of activity in Asia. Asian athletics are sure up with notions of nationwide id and nationalism, refracting political reason and the techniques of globalization. physical activities can generate diplomatic breakthroughs (as with the result of Nixon and Mao's "ping-pong diplomacy") or breakdowns (as while an athlete defects to a different country). For China, the Beijing video games brought a liberalizing ethos that its authoritative regime might forget about purely at its peril.
Victor D. Cha& mdash;former director of Asian affairs for the White apartment& mdash;evaluates Beijing's competition with this strain contemplating the serious scrutiny China already confronted on problems with counterproliferation, international warming, and loose alternate. He starts off with the arguments that tie Asian game to foreign affairs and follows with an evidence of athletics as they relate to id, international relations, and transformation. more desirable by way of Cha's impressive facility with the historical past and politics of game, Beyond the ultimate Score is the definitive exam of the occasions& mdash;both solid and undesirable& mdash;that happened in the course of the Beijing Olympics.
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Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (Contemporary Asia in the World) by Victor D. Cha