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Yao's giant sweat stains. lol, poor guy.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:07 pm
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Yao Ming is currently in Taiwan, his second visit to the island within the month of October since the Strait Cup tournament beginning of the month.

October 27th was the 20th Anniversary of Chinese Taipei Special Olympic, and today (October 28 ) is the opening ceremony of the East Asia Special Olympics Summer Invitational, with more than 2,000 athletes and volunteers from Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau participating.

So in his capacity as the International Director (Yao Ming was elected into the International Board of Directors of Special Olympics April 2012) and Global Ambassador of Special Olympics, he represented Special Olympics chairman and CEO, Tim Shriver, to be there in Taipei to preside over the opening ceremony.

He arrived on the 26th afternoon.

Then at the evening of the 26th, under the invitation of his old friend Daniel Chiang (an alumni of the National Chengchi University, a professional basketballer himself during his young days, ex Co-Chairman of Sina.com, ) Yao Ming went to give a public speech at the National Chengchi University for over 1,000 NCCU university students who had queued up for 3 to 4 hours just to gain free admission into the university hall. Yao Ming thus became the first honorable guest speaker for NCCU Alumni Association's Auditorium, a series of public talks advocated, funded and organized by Daneil Chiang and a group of NCCU old boys. The aim is to invite Chinese celebrities/personalities that are successful in their fields to talk about their experience so as to set good examples and inspire the NCCU university students.


The topic of Yao Ming speech was "A View of the World from Yao Ming's Height ~ Chinese Culture is an Esperanto"


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:31 pm
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Yao Ming's speech titled "A View of the World from Yao Ming's Height ~ Chinese Culture is an Esperanto" lasted about half an hour, and it was followed by a Q&A that lasted another half an hour.

There were alot of humorous, witty and interesting points in both Yao Ming's speech and response to Q&A:

  • Big Yao said due to his height, he was the centre/focus of attention since his childhood; since he could not change that fact, all he can do is to take a 既來之, 則安之 attitude (literally means, since you are here and you can't change it, then you might as well stay and make the best out of it) to adjust his thoughts/mentality, and adapt to the environment.
  • He kept that attitude even after joining NBA. He said Chinese culture influences his thinking and philosophy very much; in his NBA tenure, he tried to integrate into the US society, but at the same time, he also experienced the differences of Chinese and Western/American cultures; and whenever he encountered/experienced such differences, he said, he just tried to stand in the other's shoes, and be tolerant to diversity, and learn from the others.
  • When asked whether he felt racial discrimination is severe in sports, Big Yao said for him, as long as a player has the capability/abilities, work and play hard to excel over the others, the discrimination would not be there. During his NBA tenure, he often reminded himself to work harder so as to become one of the elites, and tried to reverse the American stereotype of the Chinese people through his plays and demeanours on and off the court.
  • When asked whether he felt tired and pressurized as he bear the full expectations of the nation when he first joined NBA, Yao Ming said sometimes he really felt tired and did not know how to release the pressure; he had thought about escaping from it all. But then in retrospective thinking, he asked himself: who would have come across such opportunity to be in NBA? So he just adopted his attitude of since I am here and can't change that reality, let's make the best out of it, try to adapt to the environment and take more responsibility.
  • When asked what was his childhood dream/goal, he said since he likes History and Chinese culture, he aspired to become an archaeologist; but then he said he had to abandon this dream/goal since he is too tall and could not do drills like getting into mountain caves to search for artifacts or fossils.
  • When asked what would he like to do if he could be shorter by say 60 cm or 80 cm, Big Yao quipped that 80 cm is just too much; but he said if he could be shorter, he wished that it would not only be physically, but also "shorter" in visibility and social status; he explained alot of times, he found that might be due to his social status and visibility, many people he met do not want to argue with him; but Big Yao wanted more discussions and listen to different points of view so as to learn more; therefore he aspires to become "shorter" in his social status and visibility.
  • When asked what he thought of himself, Big Yao said even though it seemed that he had some achievement so far in his life, and was viewed as a model of success, he felt there are still alot of things left to be done; he vowed that he will continue to work to further popularize and revolutionize basketball in China; he also will continue to be active in his philanthropistic and charitable activities; he stressed that there are many vulnerable groups in the society that had been overlooked and they need attention and help.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:34 pm
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Here are photos detailing Yao Ming's visit to Taipei for the past 2 days.

Stay tuned for MORE photos to come for tonight's opening ceremony of East Asia Special Olympics Summer Invitational.
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Representatives from Chinese Taipei Special Olympics meeting Yao Ming upon arrival at the airport on the 26th
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NCCU Students Queuing Up for Yao Ming's Public Speech
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NCCU Councillor presenting Yao Ming with a souvenir
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Meeting the press and NCCU student press in NCCU councillor's office
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NCCU Councillor and Daniel Chiang accompanying Yao Ming into the university auditorium hall
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Yao Ming delivering his speech
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Yao Ming during the Q&A session
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Group photos with basketball team players of NCCU university and primary school
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Planting trees at the site of a to-be-built sports complex together with Special Olympics athletes on the 27th.

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Group photo with Special Olympic athletes of Taiwan
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:57 pm
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pryuen wrote:
Stay tuned for MORE photos to come for tonight's opening ceremony of East Asia Special Olympics Summer Invitational. 8)


Seemed like the opening ceremony of East Asia Special Olympics Summer Invitational on Sunday (October 28 ) had not received MUCH MEDIA ATTENTION NOT EVEN in Taiwan. :roll:

Just got a few photos of Yao Ming in the press conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chinese Taipei Special Olympics and the opening of East Asia Special Olympics Summer Invitational that morning in the majestic Grand Hotel 圆山饭店, the hotel that Yao Ming stayed during this trip.

Later in Sunday afternoon, Yao Ming also presided in giving the starting signal for relay of the Olympic torch to the stadium of East Asia Special Olympics Summer Invitational.

Later at night, Taiwan's "Vice President" Wu Den-yih 吴敦义 went there to the stadium and together with Yao Ming declared the opening of the Invitational. Wu Den-yih greeted Yao Ming in private prior to the opening ceremony.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:30 am
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Well do you guys remembered that back in 2008, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) had conferred Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa to Yao Ming in recognition of his shared commitment to humanitarian causes and global leadership in HIV/AIDS research and advocacy???

http://www.hku.hk/press/news_detail_5866.html


Today (November 27th 2012), 4 years after the conferral, Yao Ming finally presented in person to recieve his doctorate in Hong Kong.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:43 pm
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A nice picture of Hong Kong's chief executive CY Leung and Yao Ming.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:18 am
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Yao Ming was such a busy man.

Before he flew to Hong Kong yesterday (November 27) morning, he attended a press conference/donation ceremony in Shanghai on November 26 night where he recieved a sposorship of RMB 3 Million on behalf for his Yao Foundation from Pat Olney, President of Volvo Construction Equipment. Volvo Construction Equipment is to partner with the Yao Foundation to promote all-around development of Chinese youth through education, sports, health and psychology.

According to the spokeperson of Yao Foundation, most of the RMB 3M donation from Volvo Construction Equipment will be spent on next year's 2013 Yao Foundation Project Hope Primary School basketball league.

Pat Olney
was in town with the Volvo CE delegation to attend Bauma China 2012, the annual "International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Construction Vehicles and Equipment", taking place in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from November 27 to 30, 2012 with over 2,600 exhibitors from 39 countries.


Photos of Big Yao at the press conference/donation ceremony on November 26.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:09 am
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pryuen wrote:


Yao Ming was such a busy man.




Let's hope he will include in his busy schedule, the mentoring of young big players.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:21 am
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Yao Ming was in a full capacity Lok Yew Hall of University of Hong Kong yesterday afternoon (November 28 ) to give a speech to over 400 to 500 HKU students, a 15-minute inspiring talk about his various charity activities of Yao Foundation.

Then he had over an hour Q&A session with the students on

  • His life in NBA
  • His humanitarian/philanthropic works
  • His family life and his role as a father
  • His student life at Shanghai Jiaotong University
The students and the vice chancellor of HKU gifted him with 3 gifts:

  • A toy lion, the mascot of HKU
  • A HKU T-shirt for his daughter Amy
  • A library card of HKU
Then he had a group photo with all the students present, before he rushed off for the airport.


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