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

    "Playing Out of Bounds offers a refreshing account of people and play too often rendered marginal. It provides a sensitive and satisfying account of the place of sport in the formulation of identity and belonging in Asian diaspora communities. In the process, it offers novel insights into ethnicity, social relations and physical culture."


    C. Richard King, Columbia College, Chicago
  • Author Information

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

    Acknowledgments

    1 Introduction
    2 “There’s a Line, and We’re Going to Keep That Line”: Boundaries of Belonging
    3 Essentialism: Race, Gender, and Culture 71 4 Traditions of Continuity and Change
    5 Match Point: The Future of the NACIVT

    Appendix: Methods and Procedures
    References
    Index

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