There is no question that Taiwan is one of the dominating badminton champions (Chen.
2017). Taiwan officially called the Republic of China (ROC) is a state in East Asia. It is a
country that has been dominant in Badminton games. Badminton is an exciting sport played by
either one or two players on either side of the course.
The objective of the game is to hit the shuttle to land at the opponent’s side of the court
without the opponent returning. The shuttle goes over the net. The history of the game in Taiwan
is complex and unclear. Some claim that it is an improvement of “ti Jian zi”. “ti Jian zi” was a
game that was played by Taiwan people in the 5 th century BC. The game’s objective was similar
to that of badminton.
The first badminton team in Taiwan was established in 1956 which was suspended for
some years during the era of “cultural revolution” in 1966-1976 but later resumed in 1973 (Chen.
2017). The players worked hard and improved their skills quickly. In fact, in 1978, Taiwan was
among the 21 nations from the region to join the World Badminton Federation (Chen. 2017).
Taiwan has consistently won good scores in various international competitions of
badminton. The national team reached its height in the 1980s winning five gold medals at the
Fifth World Badminton Championships in 1987 and won the Badminton World Cup in 1988.
With badminton gaining accreditation as an Olympic event in 1992, it was propelled on to the
world stage helping boost its global appeal with Taiwan proving hi it deserved to be the sport’s
2) Overview of the rules of the sport/game and its historical importance
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The court of badminton is rectangular and is divided into two halves by the net. The
courts are marked for singles and double plays. The full width of the course is 6.1 meters and in
singles the with is reduced to 5.18 meters. The length of the court is 13.4 meters. The service
courts are marked by the center line that divides the width of the court. The net is usually 1.55
meters high at the edges and 1.524 meters high in the center. The net posts are placed over the
When serving, the shuttlecock must pass over the short service line on the opponent’s
court or it will be regarded as a fault. The server and the receiver are supposed to stand in
diagonally opposite service courts. The server should hit the shuttlecock that it lands in the
receiver’s service court. This is the same case to tennis. The difference is that in badminton
serve, it must be hit below the waist height and with the racquet shaft pointing downwards, the
shuttlecock is not allowed to bounce.
In badminton players stand inside their service courts unlike in tennis. In singles, the
server is supposed to stand in the right service of the court when the score is even and in their left
service court when the score is odd. In doubles, if the serving side wins a rally, the same player
continues to serve. However, the player is supposed to change the service counts to serve
different opponent each time. When the opponent wins the rally and their score is even, the
player in the right service court serves.
Each game of badminton is played to 21 points where players score a point regardless of
whether they are served. In case of a score of 20-all, then the game continues until one side gains
a two-point lead like 24-22. The concept of rules of the badminton sport has a historical
importance in the Taiwan society. The Taiwan society sees the rules as a way of reinforcing
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hierarchies in their society. They also give a sense of belonging to society besides enforcing
important human values
3) Overview of the cultural Importance of the sport
Badminton has had positive effects on the people of Taiwan. It has drawn people together
thus improving unit. Whether it is a member of the team, fans, the sport has bounded people of
different cultural backgrounds in Taiwan together (Han, 2012). Badminton has created a culture
of respect for each person in the society. It has developed a culture of treating each other fairly,
disagreeing with honesty and exploring the common humanity thoughts. The strong-willed
training of athletes and badminton sports teams.
The competition in the sport in Taiwan has developed the culture of dedication,
perseverance, determination, endurance, independence and self-control in the society (Gao,
2017). Badminton is always considered prestigious in the Taiwan society. It is associated with
the desire to self-affirmation and recognition. The Taiwan leader tries to improve the reputation
of Taiwan using the sporting achievements in Badminton international competitions. It has been
used to establish relations with other countries.
Besides, Badminton creates opportunities to enhance development in the physical,
cognitive and social domains. Aspects of social domains are reasoning and character
development. Badminton has been considered as a form of physical education with an aim of
promoting character development. It has also been used to address the moral implications of their
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Many Taiwan people agree that Badminton has been a key way for people to socialize
providing human goods significant (Wang, 2014). Badminton is a popular culture and a
democratic activity in Taiwan. Through badminton sports, the society of Taiwan can overcome
challenges and develop a concern for excellence.
Through badminton, Taiwan people can engage in activities that they value for
themselves, apart from the rewards to being successful in the sports. Through badminton, the
Taiwan society develops and expresses moral virtues and vices demonstrating important values
like dedication, integrity, courage and many others (Chen. 2017). Badminton sport serves the
social psychological function of providing a sense of excitement, joy and diversion to the Taiwan
4) Expressions of cultural values in sport/game
Badminton reflects the Taiwan society. There are social problems such as drugs,
violence, sexism, recession and many others. Sports are used in the Taiwan society to critique
some of these social problems while at the same time strengthening cultural values (Chen. 2017).
Badminton has long been a part of Taiwan cultural values. In fact, Badminton promoted higher
educational aspirations among young participants.
Badminton has produced upward mobility mainly because sport is linked to the
educational system. Badminton starts as early as in grammar school and continues through to the
university level. Badminton has also ensured social participation in the Taiwan society. Good
athletes are directly and indirectly related to good social skills in Taiwan society. The popular
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athletes in badminton in the country are associated with success. They are even used in
promotions and sell products as well as influencing opinions of Taiwan people (Gao, 2017).
Most times the success of the successful athletes in the sport has a big influence on the
youth which impacts their future educational or professional goals. This is a positive thing in the
Taiwan in society where they advocate for education for the young. The underprivileged people
in the Taiwan in society apply sport for a better social life. Badminton participation is strongly
linked with educational success in the Taiwan in society from the poor socioeconomic
backgrounds. This means it constitutes a dream for most the poor children in the Taiwan in
society. Badminton is an important mean for the lower socioeconomic status students to gain
social recognition and acceptance.
5) Explore How it has influence personal/family sports experiences and sport identities
Badminton has had immense power in influencing the personal/familial sporting
identities in Taiwan. It has shaped the consciousness, values, and beliefs of those who love
sports. Badminton sport is shaped by social class stratification in terms of control and social
mobility (Chen. 2017). It important to know that class gender and even race stratification
remains fundaments in the Taiwan society. Badminton sport is the only way for some ethnic
The underprovided classes see badminton as a chance to climb the social ladder. The
Taiwan culture permeated with a passion for badminton encourages, attracts and pushes the
Taiwan youth into badminton. The good thing the Taiwan government gives equal opportunities
to the citizens who want to become badminton n players.
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There are no issues of racial problems. Different from many other sectors of the Taiwan
society, chances are given equally in badminton sport. This explains why there is so many
Taiwan people loving badminton. Kids in Taiwan also associate themselves with it by playing it
for love and freedom. There is what is called street badminton. It is found in the ghetto.
6) Its relation to and impact on US sport/games/human movement
Just like in Taiwan, badminton is part and a reflector of society as well as a social,
economic, political and cultural context (Zeng et al., 2017). Cultural expression and social values
are associated with badminton. People use the sport to express themselves just like in Taiwan.
The growth of badminton in the region has to lead to it being a source of income and
employment for some like the coaching staff, nutritionists, medical personnel and other support
staff members. Badminton sport has been a source of generating increased income in the region.
It has been marketed thus attracting sponsors from local and foreign corporations.
Badminton sport has also been used as a means to attract tourists to the region. It
generates income not only for the sporting bodies but also other industries such as hotels, airline
and food sectors. Badminton Sport has also been used as an avenue to higher education. Good
athletes have been taken to top-class training facilities and professional expertise.
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