All posts tagged: NBA in China

Cultural Power Battle Threads

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Art / China / Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations / Sino-German Relations / U.S.-China Relations / 新闻自由

– The Telegraph reports in alarmist fashion about Hu Jintao warning, as the newspaper headline puts it, of “cultural warfare from the West” – A closer examination of the story indicates that Hu Jintao’s “battle cry,” above, was a speech given on October 18, 2011, that was republished yesterday in the preemminent journal for CCP theory, Qiushi (Seeking Truth / 求是). In fact most of the speech is not at all about the West, but the […]

Kevin Garnett’s Chinese Blog

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American Foreign Policy / China / Cultural Politics / Huanqiu Shibao / U.S.-China Relations

Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett, I found out yesterday from undisclosed sources, has been maintaining a bilingual (English-Chinese) basketball blog which is very, very popular in the PRC. As described in this entry on LeBron James, NBA stars, including some in Cleveland, have been promoting shoes in China for while.  The fact that Kevin Garnett is now wearing Chinese shoes and shilling for a Chinese company (ANTA) has gone virtually unremarked in English-language media during […]

China to U.S. Cities: Hoist the Tibetan Flag, Lose N.B.A. Broadcast Rights in China

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Chinese communist party / Chinese nationalism / Cultural Politics / U.S.-China Relations

American mayors, human rights activists, and N.B.A. fans take note: A recent decision by the Portland City Council to declare March 10 “Tibet Awareness Day” is making big waves in China, and may result in a boycott of Portland Trail Blazers broadcasts in the Middle Kingdom’s immense market. The message is delivered in the form of the following short news item from China’s Huanqiu Shibao (Global Times), published today in Beijing. Huanqiu Shibao, “American City […]

LeBron James in Shenyang; Beijing

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Cleveland is a great American city, and its best-known ambassador is in Asia.  Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James is in China on a tour promoting Nike shoes.  He met with students of migrant workers who have a special school outside of Beijing which Nike apparently supplies. In 2006, boarding a plane in Cleveland-Hopkins Airport bound for Beijing, I met LeBron’s then-teammate Damon Jones, who was the first American basketball player to promote shoes in […]