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Scholars Fight Back Against Roman Invasion

More than 100 scholars have protested the inclusion of 239 English words and abbreviations including NBA and PM2.5 in the Contemporary Chinese Dictionary. From Global Times: In the letter, experts point out that including such...

Houston Hoping Linsanity Channels Yao

The Wall Street Journal reports that New York Knicks fans aren’t alone in their disappointment over the news that Jeremy Lin will play for the Houston Rockets next year: As unhappy as some U.S. basketball fans may be at...

Xi Jinping Preparing for U.S. Visit

Vice President Xi Jinping, who is slated to take over the helm of the Party from Hu Jintao later this year, will visit the U.S. next week. His visit comes as tensions with the U.S. are heightened over a number of issues:...

Yao Who? China’s New NBA Star

The Wall Street Journal calls attention to Jeremy Lin, who has suddenly become China’s newest NBA idol in the absence of the now-retired Yao Ming: Lin, a former Harvard star who went undrafted out of college, gives up 14...

Rockets’ Yao Ming to Quit NBA: Reports

NBA star Yao Ming is planning to retire from professional basketball, Reuters reports: Yao had cast doubt on his return to the NBA last month when he admitted to the possibility he may not play again because of his ongoing...

LeBron James Gets China

Turns out the closely-watched decision by basketball star LeBron James to join the Miami Heat had everything to do with China. The Forbes blog explains: At that moment, though, Stephen Smith interjected and emphatically,...

30 Years Later, Visit to China Still Resonates

The Washington Wizards basketball team is visiting China to commemorate a trip to the country thirty years ago by the same team (then called the Washington Bullets), which marked the first visit to China by a professional U.S....

China Investors Make Deal For Stake In NBA Cavaliers

From AFP: Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert has signed an agreement to sell a minority stake in the National Basketball Association team and its arena to a group of Chinese investors. A Chinese group led by Huang...

NBA in Joint Venture to Build Arenas in China

The NBA has launched a plan to help build 12 new arenas throughout China. From AP: NBA commissioner David Stern did not say when the plan would be starting, or where the buildings would be located. “We weren’t going...

Counting on a 7-Footer to Reach New Fans

From New York Times: Amid a bustling Chinatown in Flushing, Queens, Ken Niu is among the many only-when-it-is-convenient basketball fans. He catches a game when he can, but is not necessarily disappointed when he cannot. Niu is...

NBA Playoffs Disappear from TV in China

From International Herald Tribune: NBA playoff games have been dropped by CCTV. The network’s sports channel director, Jiang Heping, explains that “Since the May 12 earthquake, we’re careful about the way we...

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