Houston Community News >> Nationalism in the Year of the Olympics

7/25/2008-- In the era of Mao Zedong, nationalism was condensed into a single slogan: “the Chinese people have stood up.” During the 1960’s, the rise of China’s ping-pong prowess, especially the defeat of the ping-pong powerhouse Japan, formed the collective memories of an entire generation. At that time, the victory of Chinese ping-pong athletes could even make the front page of People’s Daily. As a result, ping-pong became the national sport. Not only was it charged with the mission of bringing honor to China, it also played an integral part in “ping pong diplomacy.”
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