Title

Maintaining a minority sport : cricket in post-colonial Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

The International Journal of the History of Sport

Publication Date

2016

Volume

33

Issue

11

First Page

1242

Last Page

1253

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Cricket, Cricket Sixes, China, colonialism, identity

Abstract

Cricket was one of the main sports that typified British imperial cultural exports, but in the colony of Hong Kong it remained largely a pursuit with limited appeal beyond expatriates and South Asian residents. After 1997, the cricket community did receive better financial and administrative support, but a consistent policy to promote the sport was lacking. Hong Kong cricket officials have become increasingly aware of the need to extend the sport more effectively to the Chinese community and, ultimately, to mainland China itself. As Hong Kong and its citizens face increasingly contentious debates over individual and collective identity, this article considers the sociocultural challenges facing a sport whose historical development and current realities are steeped in colonial images.

DOI

10.1080/09523367.2016.1264391

Print ISSN

09523367

E-ISSN

17439035

Publisher Statement

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Recommended Citation

Bridges, B. (2016). Maintaining a minority sport: Cricket in post-colonial Hong Kong. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(11), 1242-1253. doi: 10.1080/09523367.2016.1264391