Ping-Pong has reached far beyond my expectations.
It is a sport characterised by Asian culture, and is a reflection of a disciplined society. While now in the 21stcentury it may no longer stand as China’s leading sport, it is still one that is deeply linked to its history.
After my viewing of the 2018 Asia Games Men’s finals, I believe that my eyes have truly been opened when understanding this sport. Table tennis is far more than receiving and hitting the ball back to your opponent. Table tennis requires a consistent focus, discipline and technique in order to achieve your victory outcome. It has further led me to reflect that Table Tennis as a whole is a strong reflection of the Chinese culture. Understanding its first integrations into the society, and its political influence has allowed me to understand the social value of the sport.
Through the method of autoethnography, and supported data collection I have been able to understand the Chinese value of table tennis. Through my own experiences as a former athlete, and general understanding of society and sport I believe this has allowed me to appreciate and broaden my own inter-cultural understanding.