Go Nation Chinese Masculinities and the Game of Weiqi in China

ISBN-10: 0520276329
ISBN-13: 9780520276321
Edition: 2013
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Description: Go (Weiqi in Chinese) is one of the most popular games in East Asia, with a steadily increasing fan base around the world. Like chess, Go is a logic game but it is much older, with written records mentioning the game that date back to the 4th  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Go (Weiqi in Chinese) is one of the most popular games in East Asia, with a steadily increasing fan base around the world. Like chess, Go is a logic game but it is much older, with written records mentioning the game that date back to the 4th century BC. As Chinese politics have changed over the last two millennia, so too has the imagery of the game. In Imperial times it was seen as a tool to seek religious enlightenment and was one of the four noble arts that were a requisite to becoming a cultured gentleman. During the Cultural Revolution it was a stigmatized emblem of the lasting effects of feudalism. Today, it marks the reemergence of cultured gentlemen as an idealized model of manhood. Marc L. Moskowitz explores the fascinating history of the game, as well as providing a vivid snapshot of Chinese Go players today. Go Nation uses this game to come to a better understanding of Chinese masculinity, nationalism, and class, as the PRC reconfigures its history and traditions to meet the future.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Multiple Metaphors and Mystical Imaginaries: A Cultural History of Weiqi
Nation, Race, and Man
Becoming Men: Children's Training in Contemporary China
A Certain Man: University Students, Amateurs, and Professionals
Retirement and Constructions of Masculinity among Working-Class Weiqi Players
Conclusion: Looking Forward to a Bygone Age
Notes
Glossary of Terms
Bibliography
Index

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