I made an oh-so-current Yakov Smirnoff reference on Twitter — and it got picked up by the AFP: Government officials keen on joining golf clubs often do so under false names, wary of being perceived as corrupt or out of touch, according to Dan Washburn, author of “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream”. Washburn […]

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You’ll need to read this Washington Post story by Adam Taylor until the very end for the Forbidden Game reference. Or just read the money quote here: Given that some experts see Xi’s corruption campaign as selective and politically motivated, it’ll be worth watching for whether authorities clamp down fully on China’s golfing world. “It […]

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From Pete Madden: There have been periodic crackdowns in the past, but Dan Washburn, managing editor of the Asia Society and the author of a book about golf in China called The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, said that course construction in China has come to an almost complete halt as the industry […]

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From the March 27, 2015, story by Bernice Chan: For someone who has written a book about golf, it may come as a surprise to learn that Dan Washburn is rarely one to hit the greens. That’s because Washburn is not so much a golfer as an observer of how the game has exploded in […]

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While in Seoul last month, I was interviewed by the Maeil Business Newspaper, the primary daily business paper in South Korea. You can read the story here. I am told it’s good — has to be better than that photo.

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Cliff Schrock writes: The book shows how parallels between golf in China and the U.S. can be startling, especially with the pursuit of land, environmental bickering, the mix of rich/poor with both players and workers, the need for irrigation and watering, and the contradictions between what the national government says and how the local governments […]

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Maggie Galehouse writes: Golf and the complex world around it offer “a unique window into today’s China,” writes Dan Washburn, in his captivating book, “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream.” The emergence and growth of golf in the world’s most populated country – some 1.35 billion people – is “a barometer for … […]

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Last month, NPR’s Bill Littlefield talked to me about The Forbidden Game and China’s complex relationship with golf for his “Only a Game” broadcast. You can listen to it here: Bill also wrote some thoughts on the book. Here’s a taste: Washburn focuses on the stories of three especially intriguing characters associated with the rise […]

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“Nice list to make.” That was the subject line from an email I received shortly after The Financial Times came out with its list of the Best Books of 2014. That’s an understatement. So amazingly honored to be included.

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Big thanks to Austin L. Dean for including The Forbidden Game on the Los Angeles Review of Books list of last-minute holiday gift ideas. Just a few shopping days left!

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