BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Huebner, “Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974”

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[A note to H-SEAsia subscribers from the editors: This announcement escaped the notice of this listserv when Stefan Huebner's book was published last year, but we are certain it will still be of interest to many of you and Stefan has highlighted its relevance to scholars of Southeast Asia in his announcement below.]
Dear Colleagues,
Maybe of interest to all of you who work on the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, or entanglements between Southeast Asia, other parts of Asia, and the West. My book titled “Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974” was recently published.
The book’s main topic is the impact of regional Asian sporting events – founded by the American YMCA in the US colonized Philippines – on the Western “civilizing mission”(Christian) internationalismanti-colonial and state nationalismspan-Asianismsnation-branding, personality cults, and Cold War development policy. The book shows how ideas of Asia (muscular Christian Asia, “awakening” Asia, pro-American Asia, developing Asia, non-aligned Asia,...) and of emerging Asian nation-states changed over the course of 60 years due to late colonialism, struggles for independence, and decolonization.
Seven Asian countries are covered: The Philippines, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Iran.
Stefan Huebner, Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2016. 416 pages. ISBN: 978-981-4722-03-2.
Table of contents:
Introduction p. 1
Chapter 1: Muscular Christianity and the ‘Western Civilizing Mission’: Elwood S. Brown, the YMCA, and the Founding of the Far Eastern Championship Game p. 17
Chapter 2: The Far Eastern Championship Games and the Western Asiatic Games in the 1920s and 1930s: ‘Games of the Asians, by the Asians, for the Asians’ p. 55
Chapter 3: Building Nehru’s Asia through Sport: The First Asian Games, Decolonization, International Peace, Modernization, and Development (4–11 March 1951) p. 102
Chapter 4: A ‘Free Country’ Belonging to the ‘free world’: Philippine Independence, Dubious Democracy, and the Second Asian Games (1–9 May 1954) p. 125
Chapter 5: ‘Give Us the Olympic Games’: Peaceful Internationalism, ‘Reborn’ Japan, Olympic-Scale Perfection, and the Third Asian Games (24 May–1 June 1958) p. 147
Chapter 6: Turning Indonesia into the Beacon of a Non-Aligned Asia: The Sukarno Administration, the Fourth Asian Games, and the Struggle against Imperialism and Neocolonialism (24 August‒4 September 1962) p. 174
Chapter 7: The King, the Military, and Thai Development: Hosting the Fifth and the Sixth Asian Games Consecutively (9–20 December 1966 and 1970) p. 202
Chapter 8: Iran and the Indian Ocean Region Project: The Great Persian Empire, Oil Wealth, and the Seventh Asian Games (1–16 September 1974) p. 230
Conclusion p. 261
Notes p. 278
Bibliography p. 350
Best wishes,
Dr Stefan Huebner
Research Fellow
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore