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Perspectives Asia #9: Two Sides of the Medals

Sports and Politics in Asia
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This should have been a summer like no other for Tokyo. After 56 years, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the Paralympic Games should have returned to the city to bolster former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s grand project to revitalize Japan. Like in 1964 – when Tokyo, as the first Asian city to host the Olympics, sought to demonstrate to the world that it had emerged from the post-war period and transformed into a strong, liberal democracy – the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were meant to show the nation and the world that ‘Japan is back’ and that the 2011 Fukushima triple catastrophe was a thing of the past.
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September 2020
Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung Asia Limited
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Table of contents
  •  Foreword
  • The Tokyo Olympics: East Asian Sporting Mega-events Revisited
  • The Fukushima Disaster and the Tokyo Olympcs
  • Asia at the Olympics
  • From the Streets to Stadiums: Extreme Sports in China - An Interview with Ding Yiyin
  • Sport in Southeast Asia: More than Medals. It’s the ‘We’ Feeling
  • We are the Champions
  • Politics and Sports Capitalism in the Southeast Asian Games
  • Coming apart at the Seams: Why Women Workers in the Cambodian Garment Industry Need a Sporting Chance at Equality
  • From Mud to Mat: How Kabaddi Recaptured the Public Imagination
  • Skateistan: Empowering Girls to Follow their Dreams - An Interview with Zainab Hussaini
  • Shaping up Sport for all Genders - An Interview with Law Siufung
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