Newly opened archival sources have allowed Xu Guoqi the opportunity to investigate the sporting life of China. Olympic Dreams tackles the question of just what sports, particularly western sports, mean to Chinese national identity and international reputation. The Olympics are the primary lens to view these issues, and drawing the history of Chinese involvement in the games from 1895 to 2008 brings insight to how China deals with the rest of the world. A great read for anyone interested in Chinese culture, sports and international politics. With forward by William C. Kirby, the book comes from Harvard University Press.