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 value considering the fact that its creation at the island a couple of hundred years in the past. brought by way of the japanese colonial executive on the flip of the century, baseball was once anticipated to "civilize" and modernize Taiwan’s Han chinese language and Austronesian Aborigine populations. After global struggle II, the sport was once tolerated as a remnant of eastern tradition after which strategically hired by way of the ruling chinese language Nationalist celebration (KMT) whilst it was once additionally enthroned by means of Taiwanese politicians, cultural manufacturers, and voters as their nationwide video game. In contemplating baseball’s cultural and old implications, Morris deftly addresses a few societal subject matters the most important to figuring out sleek Taiwan, the query of chinese language "reunification," and East Asia as an entire.