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9 to 1 ji: Intermediate amateur. 1- to 9-duan amateur: Advanced amateur. 1- to 9-duan pro: Professional player. To gain an unofficial rank one simply needs to play. Internet servers will rank players compared to how they perform with other opponents at that site. indd 8 • Chapter 1 06/08/13 3:49 PM petitions with students within the schools, or with students from other children’s schools. These ranking systems are somewhat unreliable, however, in that children’s ranks are highly inflated. For those who gained ranks on the Internet, one must identify the server on which one obtained one’s rank, as the levels vary there as well.
In short, Weiqi provides a way of embracing the past to meet the future. It is a means to teach one’s sons not only rational thought, but also the proper demeanor and mind-set associated with cultured gentlemen in China’s ancient history. In doing so they appropriate the past to help mediate the present moment. Weiqi is also an emblem of masculine behavior that is grounded in East Asian competition. 41 However, this is only one set of concerns that vies for attention with emotions arising out of the perceived humiliation of being dominated by Japan in the Pacific War, disempowered by the elite in Imperial China, or monitored in the somewhat Orwellian early decades of the PRC government.
Indd 17 • 17 06/08/13 3:49 PM In 2010, the Asian Games, the largest sporting event in East Asia aside from the Olympics, included Weiqi for the first time. South Korea dominated the Weiqi competitions, with three gold medals and one bronze. The PRC had three silver medals, and Taiwan tied with Japan for third place with one bronze medal each. Taiwan’s women’s team earned its bronze medal. This team included Hsieh Yi-min and Joanne Missingham (Hei Jiajia), who are especially worthy of mention here.