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Stanley Thangaraj

(Asian-ness and Asian American-ness) as another constellation of racial heteronormativity moored to Asian and Asian American-ness that proved necessary for Woods to wash off the negative meanings associated with black male sexuality in 21st century United States of America. This reading practice is

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John Horne and Yoshio Takahashi

An “East Asian Era” has been unfolding in the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other sports and nonsport mega-events. 1 At the time of writing, Beijing is preparing to act as host for the next Winter Games in 2022, following PyeongChang’s hosting of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic

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Mitali S. Thanawala, Juned Siddique, John A. Schneider, Alka M. Kanaya, Andrew J. Cooper, Swapna S. Dave, Nicola Lancki, and Namratha R. Kandula

of inquiry is to determine how and to what extent social relationships influence physical activity in high-risk minority populations. One particularly high-risk and understudied group is South Asians (individuals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). People of South Asian descent

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Younghan Cho, Charles Leary, and Steven J. Jackson

Asia’s sports-mediascapes are increasingly globalized and regionalized, as are the roles played specifically by global sports in the processes of reconstituting national imaginaries among local populations as they undergo the larger experience of globalization. As such, the thesis of “glocalization” developed by Roland Robertson informs the essays in this special issue that tackle recent trends in sports culture in Asian localities, engaged in a global arena. As Asian locales host mega sporting events and new mediscapes for the glocal sports industry, glocal sports fan, and the glocal athlete, the essays in this special issue propose crucial concerns for the discipline of sports studies.

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Munira Abdulwasi, Meena Bhardwaj, Yuka Nakamura, Maha Zawi, Jennifer Price, Paula Harvey, and Ananya Tina Banerjee

Women of South Asian origin make up one of the largest visible minority groups in Canada. 1 , 2 The term South Asian refers to migrants and their descendants from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka. 2 In 2006, 1.26 million people in Canada reported South Asian heritage. 2 The South Asian

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John Williams and Shane Pill

This research describes and interprets Author 1’s experiences of introducing Asian games in teaching a new physical education teacher education (PETE) unit at an Australian university. It is situated in the context of the Australian Health and Physical Education Curriculum (AC: HPE; Australian

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Michael Silk and Andrew Manley

Within this paper we “hold together” an amalgam of intensive and extensive glocalization and the simultaneous reinscription of the importance of the global growth rationalities to aid understandings of contemporary Pacific Asian sporting spectacles. Through a series of four vignettes, we point to the place of sport within intense transformations within urban conglomerations in Pacific Asia. In so doing, we point to three central, and interrelated, problematics that appear endemic to Pacific Asian mega-events; raising questions over whose histories, whose representations and which peoples matter to, and for, the Pacific Asian sporting spectacle. Conclusions are centered on attuning our scholarly directions toward the structural inequalities embedded within these processes and transformations.

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Manju Daniel, David Marquez, Diana Ingram, and Louis Fogg

to address health disparities related to chronic disease in at-risk populations. 1 South Asian Indian immigrants (SAI) from the Indian subcontinent are the second largest (estimated 4 million) Asian Indian immigrant group in the United States. 2 The development of preventive programs to address

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Richard Giulianotti and Roland Robertson

This paper develops our prior work to examine how glocalization may be applied to examine Asian sport. We begin by discussing the different usages of glocalization in social science, and the role of Asian scholars in developing and applying the term. We set out our sociocultural understanding of glocalization, notably drawing on Robertson’s work and our subsequent conception of the “duality of glocality”. We examine critically the arguments of Ritzer and Connell on glocalization and globalization more generally. We consider in detail how the study of glocalization processes in Asia may be most fruitfully developed with reference to four fields of research inquiry. We conclude by discussing the connection of glocalization theory to debates on localism and localization, civilizations, and multiple modernities.

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Seema Aithal, Abhijit Visaria, and Rahul Malhotra

health concern ( Lee et al., 2012 ). The global prevalence of insufficient physical activity among adults, aged ≥18 years, in 2016 was 27.5%; however, it was higher, at 35.7%, in high-income Asia Pacific countries, which included Singapore (where it was 36.5%), the setting for this study ( Guthold et