Cultural Connections: Transplanted Sports

May 16, 2009

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Colonists and immigrants transplant athletic activities that flourish far from their original settings. Japanese settlers in Brazil popularized the ancient Samurai martial art of jiu-jitsu, while Indians excelled at the elaborate English colonial team sport of cricket. Today, both groups practice these sports in the U.S., too. Learn how people of all ages strive for mental and physical fitness through Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and how popular competition between national teams prompts unofficial cricket matches in city parks. A Brazil jiu-jitsu demonstration and an explanation of cricket's rules illustrate how each activity keeps both bodies and culture in motion.

 

Recorded Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Indo-American Center.