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Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974

Deals with the Far Eastern Championship Games (1913-1934), the Western Asiatic Games (1934), and the Asian Games (1951-1974) which reflect the modernization and the power relations between the East and the West in this region. Indicates Christian internationalism and American expansion to the Pacific through the games. Reflects how the Far Eastern Championship Games and the Western Asiatic Games turned into anti-colonial nationalism. Investigates the hidden agenda in the Asian Games, such as a symbol to discredit Western ideas of civilization, the Philippines’s democratization, Japan’s nation-branding, Indonesian vision against imperialism, anti-communist Asian cooperation, and the Iranian-led Asian integration.