The Triangle Offense: How Basketball United and Divided China, Japan, and the Philippines in the Early Twentieth Century

In 1934, athletes from Japan, China, and the Philippines gathered to compete in the newly renovated stadiums in Manila for the tenth and final Far Eastern Championship Games, but the clouds of war loomed on horizon like a summer monsoon. Controversy on the courts paralleled the conflict in the boardroom where negotiators, failing to reach an amicable agreement, disbanded the governing body of the Games. This lecture, using the competitions at the Asian Olympiad as a flashpoint, explores how relations between China, the Philippines, and Japan deteriorated before World War II.

Presenter:  Phillip B. Guingona is an assistant professor of world and Asian history and the chair of the Department of History at Wells College. He also serves as the Executive Secretary of the New York Conference on Asian Studies, New York’s regional Association for Asian Studies organization. He is working on a monograph on Sino-Philippine cultural, social, and political engagement in the early twentieth century called Before a Vast Ocean: A World History of China and the Philippines, c. 1900-1950.

Presented by Asian Studies at Hofstra University in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center.


Date: Monday, March 15, 2021

Time: 4:30-6 p.m.

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The Triangle Offense: How Basketball United and Divided China, Japan, and the Philippines in the Early Twentieth Century

Monday, March 15, 2021





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