Modernizing China in the Olympic spotlight: China’s national identity and the 2008 Beijing Olympiad

Modernizing China in the Olympic spotlight: China’s national identity and the 2008 Beijing Olympiad

The XXIX Olympiad is coming to Beijing at a critical juncture of the world
history of globalization and the Chinese history of grand socioeconomic 
transformation. Following in the footsteps of its two East Asian neighbours, Japan and South Korea, who respectively hosted the Tokyo Olympiad in 1964 and the Seoul Olympiad in 1988, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is determined to turn this sporting mega-event into the celebration of a Chinese renaissance and the harmonization of world civilizations under the theme slogan ‘One World, One Dream’. In the making is a new history – as the low politics of sport is conspicuously connected with the high politics of national identities and international relations in the spotlight of the upcoming Beijing Olympics in 2008.

 

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