Building a golf course is illegal in China – but that hasn’t stopped hundreds from being financed and constructed in recent years. While the roots of the sport stem back to the Ming Dynasty, Chinese leadership has deemed the sport too wasteful of public money and a burden on the environment. Despite having to use fake names to access secret greens, and the possibility that the course may be demolished by tee time, golf’s popularity is as high as ever in China. How does golf represent the range of contradictions occurring in modern China? Join The Chicago Council and The Asia Society’s Dan Washburn for a look into the forbidden game.
Dan Washburn’s new book, The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, will be available for purchase and signing after the event.