The Chinese Dream
Edited By J.A. Mangan, Peter Horton and Christian Tagsold
Xi Jinping’s "Soccer Revolution" is unique: the most extensive politicization and geo-politicization of the Global Game. His purpose is to extend the global softpower projection of "the Middle Kingdom": an ancient Western imperial mantra ("bread and circuses") has been replaced by a modern Eastern "imperial" mantra ("rice and pitches"). The Asian Football Federation shares this "allopathic" vision of East Asian soccer: the future is Asia and it starts in China! Soccer is a talisman for a New Asia in a New Era. For China soccer is a hubristic instrument of softpower projection. Softpower, Soccer, Supremacy: The Chinese Dream makes this point forcefully. In East Asia soccer in now "much more than a game"!
Xi’s Chinese Dream: “Rice and Pitches” (‘粮食与球场’)—Imperial Strategies
PART 1: Chinese Perspectives
1. China, Politics and Soccer: The Era of the Cultural Revolution—The Immediate and Eventual Consequences for “The Chinese Dream”
Li Jinning and Keiko Ikeda
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