Title

English newspaper and sport : the South China Morning Post 's lawn bowls reporting in British colonial Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of the History of Sport

Publication Date

3-1-2013

Volume

30

Issue

3

First Page

285

Last Page

296

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Hong Kong, lawn bowls, media, British identity, South China Morning Post

Abstract

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) was the most influential English newspaper in the British colony Hong Kong in 1930s. The company staff especially the general manager actively participated in the development of lawn bowls in Hong Kong. In addition, the SCMP became a newspaper with the most frequent lawn bowls reporting in Hong Kong to meet the bowlers demand on bowls news. The SCMP portrayed the British identity through lawn bowls reporting on the British Empire Game, lawn bowls matches and British bowlers gatherings. The SCMP was also used by bowlers to communicate on lawn bowls competition and activities. At the very beginning, lawn bowls was only a Hong Kong Scottish sport on grassland; the development of lawn bowls in Hong Kong brought well-mowed English Bowling Green. The SCMP attracted the British middle class and elites to play lawn bowls actively in Hong Kong. In other words, the British identity not only caused British bowlers to play lawn bowls in Hong Kong but also created more bowling news for the SCMP, which was an important medium in favouring the British bowlers and preserving British cultural heritage in Hong Kong.

DOI

10.1080/09523367.2012.755348

Print ISSN

09523367

E-ISSN

17439035

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Zou, Y. (2013). English newspaper and sport: the South China Morning Post 's lawn bowls reporting in British colonial Hong Kong. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 30(3), 285-296. doi: 10.1080/09523367.2012.755348

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