Bowling, the game of middle ... Korea?
Bowling has always had a special place in the American heart. From "The Big Lebowski" to "Kingpin" to "Bowling for Columbine," the sport of bowling reflects a cultural shorthand for a particularly lowbrow slice of middle America. Bowling is almost as American as apple pie.
Given its predominant popularity in America, it might surprise you to learn that bowling was introduced to the Olympics by South Korea, at Seoul in 1988. Like many other aspects of the American cultural hegemony, bowling has taken a firm, completely un-ironic hold on the South Korean consciousness.
The roots of bowling are not quite as firmly rooted in American as one might think. It was preceded by many similar games involving balls instead of pins, including Boules, which was one of the demonstration sports at the 1900 Olympic games in Paris.