ANDREW DAHI WRITES – Jeremy Lin. Five foot three. A freshman in high school. And a dream. A dream to play basketball at the highest level, on the biggest stage in the world, the NBA. By the time Lin, a Taiwanese-American, was a senior in high school, he had grown…Full Article TAIWAN: LINSANITY AND THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION
KATHERINE PETERSON WRITES- ‘Slam Dunk,’ a 1990’s Japanese anime, tells the story of a high school basketball team from Shōhoku High. Critics believed the program would lack viewers, as editors claimed that “basketball was a taboo in this world.” But without manga viewers, the No. 8 draft pick and Japan…Full Article JAPAN: SLAMMING THE OLD-SCHOOL BASKETBALL ‘TABOO’ OFF THE CULTURAL COURT
JOSEPH LITTAUA WRITES – It’s 2006, the last season when the legendary Kobe Bryant will wear #8. Game 4 of the 1st round of the NBA playoffs is between the 2nd seed Phoenix Suns and the 7th seed Los Angeles Lakers. It’s overtime, with 6 seconds left on the clock.…Full Article “TO US, HE WAS SUPERMAN.” A KOBE BRYANT TRIBUTE
DYLAN JOSEPH WRITES – 14 years ago, a 22-year-old Chinese basketball phenom called Yao Ming entered his name into the 2002 National Basketball Association Draft and changed the basketball world forever. On September 9, 2016, Yao was enshrined into the NBA’s Naismith Hall of Fame not just for his outstanding…Full Article CHINA: YAO MING JUMPED THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS
Last week, former NBA star Dennis Rodman visited North Korea, watched a basketball game with Kim Jong-un, and in the process showed that there may be hope for better relations between North Koreans and Americans, if not between the governments themselves. Rodman came to North Korea to work on a…Full Article NORTH KOREA: Change of Heart Through Basketball?
China may be world’s second largest economy, but it is still nowhere close to utopia. Today, the world is dazzled by China’s booming financial freedom. However, there is not enough attention given to those who are still suffering. The government, of course, is working on pulling as many people out…Full Article China Blotter: Basketball Grandma’s Story