February 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

DATE CHANGE: Wealth & Poverty | East Asia and the Olympic Games: Past, Present, and Future, March 2

Note: The date, time and location have changed for this event.

The Wealth and Poverty theme presents a public lecture by Dr. William Wright Kelly on “East Asia and the Olympic Games: Past, Present, and Future” on Friday, March 2, from 9:40 10:35 a.m. at Clippinger 194.

The International Olympic Movement originated in Europe and was long dominated by European and American nations, media, and participants. In the 21st century, however, the center of the Olympics is shifting decidedly eastward to Asia, especially East Asia. Using the just-completed 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics/Paralympics as a case, this talk considers the Olympics as the world’s biggest mega-event and asks what East Asia means for the Olympics and what the Olympics may signify for East Asia.

Dr. William W. Kelly, portrait

Dr. William W. Kelly

Kelly is Professor of Anthropology and the Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies at Yale University. He began his research in Japan in the mid-1970s and for several decades focused on regional society in the northeast. More recently his work has explored sport and body culture and their significance in modern Japan. For several years, he conducted fieldwork with professional baseball teams and fans in the cities of Osaka and Kobe, and later this year the University of California Press will publish his book, The Sportsworld of the Hanshin Tigers: Professional Baseball in Modern Japan. His publications on sport also include the growing influence of soccer, the Olympic Movement, and the ways that sport is reshaping notions of ethnicity, gender, and citizenship in Japan and East Asia. In 2009, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Japanese government, and at Yale, he has received three awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching.

This event is cosponsored with the Northeast Asia Council Distinguished Speakers Bureau of the Association for Asian Studies and the Asian Studies program at Ohio University. The Wealth and Poverty public lecture is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Dr. Yeong Kim, Associate Professor of Geography and theme coordinator, at

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