Singapore and the World
The Origins and Heritage of the Asian Games: Dreams of Asian Integration during Late Colonialism and Decolonisation
Sat, 1 Sep | 2pm – 3pm
The Salon, Level 1
From 18th August until 2nd September, the 18th Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang. The Asian Games had been founded in the aftermath of the Second World War, when decolonisation and war memories strongly encouraged political and sports leaders to argue for more Asian integration. At the same time, the Games turned into a platform for shaping national identities and loyalties. In this talk, Stefan Huebner will discuss the Asian Games’ origins and heritage from its YMCA-founded predecessors of the 1910s – 1930s to the precursor of this year's edition, the 1962 Fourth Asian Games in Jakarta.
Dr. Stefan Huebner (Asia Research Institute, NUS)
Stefan Huebner is a historian interested in colonialism, modernization, and development policy. Currently, he is a research fellow at NUS’s Asia Research Institute. His first book—Pan-Asian Sports and the Emergence of Modern Asia, 1913-1974—was published by NUS Press in 2016.