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London 2012 : a Chinese charm offensive : a reputation rebuilt and an impression changed?
International Journal of the History of Sport
  • Pok CHU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
12-1-2013
Keywords
  • Chinese athletes; the London 2012 Olympics; amiability; reputation; nationalist sentiment
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Abstract
Displaying amiability (qinheli) was one of the duties of the Chinese athletes involved in the London 2012 Olympics. Why did the Chinese government ask them to behave in this way? How did the athletes carry out the mandate? Was their amiable performance intended to arouse nationalist sentiment among the Chinese? In response to these questions, two key political preoccupations of the Chinese authorities in the post London Olympics era are identified: remedying foreigners’ negative impressions of China, and gaining a greater input into the decision-making of the International Olympic Committee and its affiliated international sports federations. These objectives are shown to illustrate China’s intention to rebuild its international reputation and challenge the status quo of the international sporting community.
DOI
10.1080/09523367.2013.854777
E-ISSN
17439035
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Chu, M. P. (2013). London 2012: A Chinese charm offensive: A reputation rebuilt and an impression changed? International Journal of the History of Sport, 30(15), 1748-1757. doi: 10.1080/09523367.2013.854777