Playing Out of Bounds: “Belonging” and the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament

By Yuka Nakamura

© 2019

Playing Out of Bounds investigates the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT), an annual event that began in the 1930s in the streets of Manhattan and now attracts 1200 competitors from the U.S. and Canada. Its two key features are the 9-man game, where there are nine instead of the usual six volleyball players on the court, and the fact that player eligibility is limited to "100% Chinese" and Asian players, as defined in the tournament rules. These rules that limit competitors to specific ethno-racial groups is justified by the discrimination that Chinese people faced when they were denied access to physical activity spaces, and instead played in the alleyways and streets of Chinatowns.

Drawing on interviews, participant-observation, and analysis of websites and tournament documents, Playing Out of Bounds explores how participants understand and negotiate their sense of belonging within this community of volleyball players and how membership within and the boundaries of this community are continually being (re)defined. This identity/community building occurs within a context of anti-Asian racism, growing numbers of mixed race players, and fluidity of what it means to be Canadian, American, Chinese, and Asian.

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This book uses the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT) to examine processes of constructing identity, belonging, and community, and how these processes mobilize, deploy, and are therefore embedded in intersecting and socially constructed notions of race, gender, class, and culture.

Playing Out of Bounds: “Belonging” and the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament

By Yuka Nakamura

© 2019

Playing Out of Bounds investigates the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament (NACIVT), an annual event that began in the 1930s in the streets of Manhattan and now attracts 1200 competitors from the U.S. and Canada. Its two key features are the 9-man game, where there are nine instead of the usual six volleyball players on the court, and the fact that player eligibility is limited to "100% Chinese" and Asian players, as defined in the tournament rules. These rules that limit competitors to specific ethno-racial groups is justified by the discrimination that Chinese people faced when they were denied access to physical activity spaces, and instead played in the alleyways and streets of Chinatowns.

Drawing on interviews, participant-observation, and analysis of websites and tournament documents, Playing Out of Bounds explores how participants understand and negotiate their sense of belonging within this community of volleyball players and how membership within and the boundaries of this community are continually being (re)defined. This identity/community building occurs within a context of anti-Asian racism, growing numbers of mixed race players, and fluidity of what it means to be Canadian, American, Chinese, and Asian.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “Engaging and thought-provoking, Playing Out of Bounds addresses the way the NACIVT engages ideas of community, identity, race, and nation, and is an important contribution to literature in the cultural studies of sport and to Asian American studies."
    Rachel Joo, Department of American Studies, Middlebury College
  • Author Information

    Yuka Nakamura is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements
     
    1. Introduction

    North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament
    Overview of Book 

    2. “There’s a line, and we’re going to keep that line”: Boundaries of Belonging 

    Drawing Boundaries
    Enforcing Boundaries
    Moments of Inclusion
    Crossing Boundaries
    Critiquing Boundaries

    3. Essentialism: Race, Gender, and Culture

    Race
    Gender
    Culture
    Essentializing Biology and Identity

    4. Traditions of Continuity and Change 

    From One Generation to the Next 
    Generation Gap
    Bridging Generation Gaps 
    New Traditions and Connections 

    5. Match Point: The Future of the NACIVT 

    Appendix A: Methods and Procedures

    In-Depth Interviewing
    Interview Guide
    Recruitment Strategies
    Interviewees
    Participant Observation – Observer as Participant 
    Textual Analysis
    Websites Captain’s Meeting (2006) - Documents
    Tournament Booklets
    Strategies for Textual Analysis
    Strategies for Analysis
    Rigour

    Appendix B: Sample Registration Form

    References

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