chapter  1
Australia’s Asian sporting context
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The above quote by the venerable sports historian Richard Cashman accurately sums up opinion and knowledge of Australia's sporting relationship with Asia in the period before the Pacific War. I! is the assertion of this study, however, that 'relatively rare' is an inaccurate descriptor that simply represents sport history'S ignorance of the range and number of Australian-Asian sporting contacts in the 1920s and 1930s.o I! is also the case that on many occasions such encounters did 'loom large in the Australian sports calendar'; though, admittedly, the long-term impact on the 'country's imagination' remains debatable given the very fact so many of these tours at home and abroad have been forgotten. Further, these encounters bring new light to bear on the broad features of Anstralia's relationship with the broad Asian region in the period under investigation.