Baseball in East Asia: Double Binding of East Asian Consciousness

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Date(s) - 19/11/2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Monash Asia Institute, Room H5.95, Building H


Asian Cultural and Media Studies (ACMS) Research Cluster present a talk by Dr Younghan Cho (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea),

Baseball in East Asia: Double Binding of East Asian Consciousness

Tuesday 19th November 2013, 3.00–5.00pm, MAI Seminar Room H5.95, Building H, Monash University Caulfield Campus


This study explores the historic implications of baseball within the larger processes of constructing modernity in colonial East Asia by examining the game’s regional trajectory, with a focus on its introduction and proliferation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although baseball was initially introduced to the region as a symbol of American modernity, it was spread and popularized by Imperial Japan. By interrogating the ways that baseball was received and appropriated in East Asia, this study demonstrates that its trajectory reflects not only colonization by both the U.S. and Japan but resistance that amounted to a double decolonization against both of these entities. This trajectory indicates a strong stream of East Asian consciousness that was constituted as a condition of coloniality/modernity and still persists in contemporary East Asian societies. The term “double binding” is heuristically used to illustrate this regional consciousness, in which the U.S. and Japan functioned as a pair of modernizing/imperial forces and as the objects of decolonization.


Dr. Younghan Cho is an associate professor in the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea. He received his Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Asia Research Institute at National University of Singapore. Dr. Cho research interests include media and cultural studies, global sports and nationalism, and East Asian pop culture and modernity, and cultural economy in Korean and Asian contexts. His papers have appeared in numerous journals, including Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Media, Culture & Society, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Cultural Studies. Dr. Cho has co-edited volumes “Colonial Modernity and Beyond: East Asian Contexts” (a special issue in Cultural Studies), “American Pop culture in Asia” (a special issue in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies), and “Glocalization of Sports in Asia” (a special issue in Sociology of Sport Journal).

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