The Origin Of Ping-pong Diplomacy: The Forgotten Architect Of Sino-u.s. Rapprochement by M. ItohThe Origin Of Ping-pong Diplomacy: The Forgotten Architect Of Sino-u.s. Rapprochement by M. Itoh

The Origin Of Ping-pong Diplomacy: The Forgotten Architect Of Sino-u.s. Rapprochement

byM. Itoh

Hardcover | August 16, 2011

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Japan Table Tennis Association President Goto Koji (1906-1972), the founder of Aichi Institute of Technology and Meiden High School, nurtured youth socially through sports education and used table tennis as a means of promoting international friendship and peace. The expertise Goto accumulated through his lifework as an educator and civic leader culminated in his decision to invite China to the World Table Tennis Championships in Nagoya in 1971. Notwithstanding the stalemate in the negotiations with Chinese officials on the terms of China’s participation (China linked its participation to the “two Chinas” issue), Goto’s convictions and principles earned Premier Zhou Enlai’s respect and made China’s participation possible. Were it not for Goto’s initiative, President Richard Nixon would not have visited China in 1972. After four decades of obscurity, it is high time to set the record straight and give Goto long overdue credit.

Mayumi Itoh is a former professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has also taught at Princeton University and Queens College, City University of New York. She is the author of Globalization of Japan: Japanese Sakoku Mentality and U.S. Efforts to Open Japan (1998), The Hatoyama Dynasty: Japanese Politic...
Title:The Origin Of Ping-pong Diplomacy: The Forgotten Architect Of Sino-u.s. RapprochementFormat:HardcoverDimensions:266 pagesPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230118135

ISBN - 13:9780230118133


Table of Contents

International Political Background * Goto Koji and Meiden School * Goto Koji and Table Tennis * Goto Makes the Decision * Mr. Goto Goes to China * Nagoya World Table Tennis Championships * U.S. Response: President Nixon Goes to China * Japan’s Response: Prime Minister Tanaka Goes to China * Conclusion: Lessons of Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Editorial Reviews

“Makes a contribution to local history through the author’s enlightening references to the political and economic factors peculiar to the Nagoya region, factors that contributed to Gotô’s rise as a local civic leader, and which served as a background to the events of 1971-2.  The author’s extensive references to personal interviews and memoirs by his friends and associates are especially insightful in drawing a portrait of a man very much centered in the community in which he lived almost his entire life.  It deserves to be read, and undoubtedly will be, for its comprehensive treatment of the factors behind ping-ping diplomacy.”  --Stephen J. Roddy, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco"Well-researched, well-framed analytically, and highly original. Sheds important new light on how today's complex yet fatefully important US-Japan-China triangle came to be." --Kent Calder, Director, Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS/Johns Hopkins University