WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT THE “CHINESE DREAM” FROM CHINA’S GOLF INDUSTRY? I think the very fact that a golf industry exists in China is a sign that the Chinese Dream is alive and well for some. There are few things more aspirational in nature than golf in China. It’s so costly to play the […]
Had a nice talk with Marketplace‘s David Gura last week. You can listen to part of it above, or at their website.
For Mr Washburn golf is symbolic not only of China’s economic rise but also of “the less glamorous realities of a nation’s awkward and arduous evolution from developing to developed: corruption, environmental neglect, disputes over rural land rights and an ever-widening gap between rich and poor”. He tackles these great themes indirectly, by interweaving the […]
“You need to hide,” the villager whispered urgently. “Government officials have arrived.” I was whisked away through a maze of shanties, trees and rubble, and finally placed inside a crudely-made shed where my only companions were discarded coconut husks and a rooster. Through a gap in the wall I spotted men wearing eyeglasses and white […]
Simon Kuper writes: The Forbidden Game uses golf – a game that most in the country probably still know nothing about – to gain a rare insight into ordinary Chinese lives. Washburn, the managing editor of the Asia Society in the US, was a reporter in China when he began covering golf tournaments. A Stakhanovite […]
Had a nice chat with Sean Moncrieff of Ireland’s NewsTalk radio station not long ago. Listen above or here.
Recently had a nice chat with Kyle Brown of Golf Course Industry magazine. Listen to it above on on their site.
Christina Larson writes: The quixotic rise of golf in China—where Mao Zedong once lambasted putting as a bourgeois pastime—is the subject of a new book by the Asia Society’s Dan Washburn. In The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, a charming and accessible work, Washburn follows the lives of three men whose careers are […]
Steven Schwankert writes: Golfers will love reading about the game’s evolution in China, and even China hands who have no interest in golf will chuckle at how Chinese something foreign can become once it lands on these shores. This is a delightful read that can be enjoyed this summer in between time on the links, […]
Mamta Badkar writes: The crackdown on corruption has been a hallmark of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s reign. Increasing corruption in the party was seen as one of the biggest threats to its survival, and Xi has made it clear that he will stomp it out. So it isn’t surprising that top officials in China are […]