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An exploration of Football Hooliganism in Asia Part 3

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“In parts of Asia spectator violence at football matches has a long history, yet equivalents of self-declared hooligan formations engaging in violent confrontation do not seem to exist.” (Spaaij 2006).

Last post we explored the role of hooliganism in China and I made a few assumptions backed by some evidence. This post I am going to try to focus on how aggression in football can be a contributing factor, and what causes it. Hopefully this can also shed light on what cause these violent and destructive showings from fans, or Asian Hooliganism as I like to refer.

Interestingly, I had a browse for some stuff on not just footballing fan aggression but all sports. Football did dominate the search, it is the world game after all. But I set out with this idea that media would be a driving force for the fan aggression, although the text that I landed on…

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An Exploration of Football Hooliganism in Asia Part 2

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Last post I explored football Hooliganism in Asia, particularly in Eurasia, specifically Turkey. What struck me, was the trend that although hooliganism did occur in these countries, it was very much expressions of violence. Rather than traditional organised, systematic hooliganism. Although I feel this hooliganism is not what you would refer to as traditional European Esk, I personally believe that this is a hooliganism style and culture that is representative of Asia.

I really wanted to explore this concept, and I felt China was a great place to start, with Chinese league very much growing, and my favourite Aussie ever, Timmy Cahill playing there.

Fans from opposing local sides Shanghai Shenhua and Dongya FC clashed violently in an alley outside of Hongkou Football Stadium August 31 2014, before the local rivals locked horns in the Shanghai Derby. Police stepped in and quickly separated the two sides, and the China Super…

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An Exploration of Football Hooliganism In Asia Part 1

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Ever since I can remember, football hooliganism has always captured my eye. I’m not sure what it is but I love it. Perhaps its the element of danger added to the sport I love, or perhaps its its the pure and violent demonstration of absolute passion  that I admire. Although my attention has been purely focused on the European and comparatively smaller Australian forms of this behavior. Hence the DIG330 Autoethnographic task has provided me a push into a research topic of both unfamiliarity and excitement.

Football hooliganism refers to unruly, violent, and destructive behavior by overzealous supporters of association football clubs, including brawling, vandalism and intimidation (The Independent). But in Europe, hooliganism is a culture (organised and planned clashes and aggression), rather than spontaneous violence in reaction to an event. So this in essence is what I am going to set out to explore, does football hooliganism exist in…

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My Autoethnographic Cherry Has Been Popped, I Wasn’t To Comfortable With It Either

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Continuing from last week on the hibakusha. It must be so hard for these poor victims to be thrust under this blanket term and discriminated against, to be feared, with people avoiding you at all costs. All of this not just because of a social stigma but Japanese cinema blockbusters contributing to the ridicule.

According to the Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law, there are certain recognised categories of hibakusha: people exposed directly to the bomb and its immediate aftermath; people exposed within a 2 kilometer radius who entered the sphere of destruction within two weeks of the explosion; people exposed to radioactive fallout generally; and those exposed in utero, whose mothers were pregnant and contaminated in any of these defined categories (Hibakusha stories). These varying levels of exposure reveal a deeper and more complicated story. An uneducated public who conform to unrealistic realities such as contagious diseases stemming from radiation…

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Godzilla a New, Surprisingly Enjoyable Experience

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So first up, I want to establish with everyone that this was my first ever experience with Japanese cinema. And to say I was pessimistic was an understatement, but I did go in with an open mind, and honestly I thought it was really entertaining.

Straight out, and I’m not sure if this is due to the age of the film or the difference between western and eastern cinema. The actions of the actors were very theatrical, almost like a power-rangers episode. They’re movement were very over emphasised and dramatised it’s far from what I’m used to and quiet comedic honestly. But I freaking loved power rangers as a kid so seeing this brought back some of that nostalgia feels, and seeing some of the inspiration taken (either from Godzilla or Japanese cinema) just kick started my interest.

My experience in Asian cinema is almost nonexistent so watching Godzilla was…

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