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Media Representations of African American Athletes in Cold War Japan

Yu Sasaki

Media Representations of African American Athletes in Cold War Japan addresses the cross-cultural dialogue between Black America and Japan that was enabled through sports during the Cold War era. This topic has hitherto received little scholarly attention in both American studies and sports studies. After World War II, Cold War tensions pulled African American athletes to the center stage and initiated their international mobility. They served as both athletic Cold Warriors and embodiments of a colorblind American democracy. This book focuses on sports in the Cold War era as a significant battlefield that operated as an ideologically and racially contested terrain. Yu Sasaki argues that one of the most crucial Cold War racial contacts occurred through sports in Asia, and particularly, in Japan. The mobility of African American athletes captured the attention of the Japanese media, which created unique narratives of sports and race in US-occupied Japan after World War II. Adopting an approach that integrates the archival and interpretive, Sasaki analyzes the ways in which sports, highlighted by the media, became a terrain where discourses of race, gender, and even disability were significantly modified. This book draws on both English and non-English language sources, including Japanese print media archives such as newspapers, magazines, posters, pamphlets, diaries, bulletins, and school textbooks.

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Names: Sasaki, Yu, author. Title: Media representations of African American athletes in Cold War Japan / Yu Sasaki.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2021.Includes bibliographical references.Identifiers: LCCN 2020036104 (print) | LCCN 2020036105 (ebook) ISBN 978-1-4331-6991-5 (hardback) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6992-2 (ebook pdf)ISBN 978-1-4331-6993-9 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6994-6 (mobi)Subjects: LCSH: Press coverage, Japan. | African American athletes—Press coverage—Japan. | Japan—Race relations. | African Americans—Relations with Japanese—History—20th century. | African Americans—Foreign public opinion, Japanese. | Cold War. Classification: LCC PN4784.S6 S27 2021 (print) | LCC PN4784.S6 (ebook) | DDC 070.4/497960952—dc23 LC record available at ebook record available at 10.3726/b17539

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