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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:53 pm
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:38 pm
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pryuen, since u r yao's #1 fan.will u buy a bottle of yao's wine? also, do u collect any of his memorabillia??


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:16 am
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Yao Ming had a very busy Sunday yesterday.

He left home early and travelled from Shanghai to Suzhou and appeared in the campus of Suzhou University to participate in the the roundtable of the 3rd China Basketball Culture Forum, jointly hosted by the Basketball Management Cntre and the Cultural & Development Centre of State Sports General Administration and the Suzhou University.

The forum was attended by alot of officials from various departments of the State Sports General Administration, former CBA commissioner Li Yuanwei, coaches, and professors from various sport universities from Suzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.


The theme for the forum was how to cultivate Chinese basketball culture as well as how to bring basketball closer to normal life.

During his speech at the Roundtable, Yao Ming commented that basketball culture needs long years of fermentation and accumulation. It's easy to physically build museums or Hall of Fame for basketball, but until people has a basketball Hall of Fame or museum in their hearts, basketball culture had no real roots.

As to how to bring basketball into our normal life, Yao Ming admitted that even now that he had retired, he still felt the itch and urge to play basketball once in a while, no matter how busy he is in his university studies, commercial or philanthropist activities. That itch and urge for playing basketball is not because he was a professional basketball player for years, but it is mainly out of his love and interest of the sports, which to him, should be the driving force. As far as he is concerned, he does not think basketball should only be limited to be just competition; it should become a means of drilling and training youngsters to become a way of life.

In his view, Big Yao thought China's state sports systems is just too narrow; Sports, including basketball, should not be just confined to winning and medalling in major international tournament; sports is not an isolated concept, but is closely related with all aspects of life. Sports should become a carrier of culture, friendship, communication, trust, tenacity, team concepts etc.

The roundtable was wrapped up shortly after noon, and Yao Ming hastily had his lunch, and then rushed back to Shanghai for the evening game between Shanghai MAXXIS Sharks and Liaoning Jiebao.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:26 am
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Photos of Yao Ming at the above Chinese basketball culture forum at Suzhou University.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:59 am
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WOW !!!

[size=117][color=darkred]Yao Ming was appointed Vice Chairman and Honorary Ambassador of the newly established Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association this morning.

Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association is a pseudo-governmental unit under the [b]Shanghai Committee of Chinese People


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:06 am
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Photos of Yao Ming at the appointment ceremony today in the meeting of the Shanghai Public Diplomacy Association.



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:07 am
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a stepping stone to a political career :?:

    why not, that would be a good thing.

he would add perspective to the Chinese poltical arena


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:53 am
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yeah, the in and out burger guy is right this time. Yao is going into politics, the first step is to become the mayor of Shanghai and move up the ladder from there.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:13 pm
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Yao Ming and his wife Ye Li were seen here last night in a marketing promotional event held by China Life Insurance at the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

As its Global Ambassador and public image spokesperson, Yao Ming was there to launch for China Life Insurance some new insurance products for 2012.

He had just finished his final examination for his first semester at Shanghai Jiaotong University on Monday.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:21 pm
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Yao Ming recently received an interview and became the Cover Story of the January 2012 issue of the Chinese version of GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly) Magazine.

I have yet to find the transcript of that interview which was about his migration/transition from a professional basketballer to a father, university student, philanthropist, a basketball team owner and a successful enterpreneur.


But I have scooped the photos taken in that interview from the Internet.

ENJOY !!!!
:P :D :lol: 8)

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