Sport, politics and ethnicity: playing badminton for Indonesia
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Brown, Colin. 2004. Sport, politics and ethnicity: Playing badminton for Indonesia, in Cribb, R. (ed), Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2004: Asia Examined, 29 Jun-2 Jul 2004. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University.
Asia Examined: Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA
15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
Division of Humanities
Faculty of Media, Society and Culture
Faculty of Media, Society and Culture (MSC)
This paper provides an overview of the role that badminton has played in Indonesia. It focuses in particular on the ethnic aspect of the sport: ethnic Chinese are represented at the top levels of the game way out of proportion to their presence in the general population. It also examines the political context of badminton, both in terms of its contribution to Indonesian nationalism and a sense of nation, and the ways in which it might have impinged on Indonesia's domestic and foreign politics.
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