Taiwan and the 2001 Baseball World Cup: The National impact of a World sporting event

Chien Yu Lin, Ping Chao Lee, Chih Fu Cheng

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National identity is one of the most contentious issues in Taiwan. This paper examines the relationship between the staging of the 2001 Baseball World Cup (BWC) and wider issues such as that of Taiwanese nationalism and broader sociopolitical values in Taiwan. It attempts to explain the impact on Taiwanese nationalism of hosting such a sports mega-event. The paper argues that baseball in general, and the 2001 BWC in particular, was a political vehicle utilised by the 'new' government to promote social integration/national identity; and it evaluates the responses of the Taiwanese to baseball used for this purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2234-2254
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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