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He is more like a bear than giraffe now. :D :D :D


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:25 pm
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On Friday (February 15), Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, officially named Yao Ming as the Goodwill Ambassador of Houston in the Julia Ideson Library, in recognition of Big Yao's contributions through unselfish public service for the benefit and welfare of humanity, and handed him a framed certificate and a key to the city.

His proud parents were also there on the occasion.


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Yao Ming named
Houston Goodwill Ambassador


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Photos of the award ceremony at Julia Ideson Library on Friday.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:07 am
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A couple of brothers and sisters for Yao Ming will be nice for the country.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:41 am
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superjohn wrote:
A couple of brothers and sisters for Yao Ming will be nice for the country.


its too late for brothers and sisters for Yao Ming. his mom is way past menopause.

you can ask pryuen or your dad for the details on how that works...



the best you can hope for is a half brother or half sister for Yao, if his father dallies.


superjean, read this and tell me if pryuen has already posted it:




China's fishmongers lament waning popularity of shark fin soup

Anti-shark hunting campaign fronted by ex-basketball player Yao Ming is leading Chinese youth to reject traditional dish

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One day Wang Haifeng would like an opportunity to talk to Yao Ming, but not about sport. Wang, a businessman, thinks the retired basketball star and idol of Chinese youth has it all wrong about shark fishing.

At Puqi, a small town 500km south of Shanghai, the local fish factory employs about 500 people. They are far from happy that Yao has come out against eating shark fin soup. "It has had an impact on our business," says Wang, head of Haideli Shark Products, which markets about 1,000 tonnes of shark meat a year. "It's discouraging young people unfamiliar with this dish from eating it, maybe for ever."

Inside the factory they hose down the floor, awash with shark blood. The skins lying on the ground give off a powerful fishy smell. Crates are piled high with the heads of blue sharks. Thousands of fins are spread out to dry in the open air on wire mesh resting on trestles, taking up most of the factory yard.

No one can say when Puqi first specialised in butchering sharks. "Long before the liberation of China," says Li Weijie, the head of a neighbouring factory, referring to the foundation of the People's Republic in 1949. In the old days methods were more rudimentary, he recalls: "Just a knife and a bag of salt."

But "business is no good any longer," Li adds. Both he and Wang blame the adverts featuring the former National Basketball Association player, the first campaign having launched in 2009, with a follow-up a year ago. Yao wraps up the clip with a stern warning: "Remember: when the buying stops, the killing can too."

"Society will turn against us; it's because of all the media coverage," Wang claims. "They're trying to make us believe sharks are protected, which is not true." He is right. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) only covers three shark species: whale shark, basking shark and great white shark. Japan, Indonesia and China, among others, are against adding other species to the list.

But according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), out of 270 species surveyed, 55% are endangered or critically endangered by over-fishing. Hammerhead sharks all over the world are under threat. In March 2010 the species almost made it onto the IUCN red list. With 75 votes for, and 45 against, the hammerhead failed to obtain the two-thirds majority required for a ban on trade.

Wang consequently has no qualms about showing us a vacuum-pack from a freezer. It contains the foetuses of three hammerhead sharks, each about 20cm long. Li assures us that this species is highly prized for its superior flavour.The Puqi factory owners feel they have been abandoned by the Chinese authorities, who, they assert, have populist motives, rather than any concern for the environment. "Our industry is pretty small and Yao Ming is highly respected, so the government doesn't support us. It's really frustrating," Wang laments.

The factories here deny buying fins cut off sharks out at sea. The poor animals are thrown back into the water to die in agony, a practice condemned by environmental campaigners. To prove this, the factory-owners point out the many carcasses littering the shopfloor. They go so far as to deny that the practice exists at all. "It's impossible, the other parts of the shark are valuable too," says Li. Wang maintains that nothing is wasted: the stomach is fried; calcium powder is extracted from the spinal cord; the meat is consumed locally, or salted prior to export to Sri Lanka; the teeth end up as pendants.

But the fins command the highest price. They only represent 5% of body mass, but at least a third of revenue for Li's firm. The limited availability explains the eye-watering price on restaurant menus. Starting with 5kg of raw produce, the end result, ready for delivery, only weighs 500g. A kilo of blue-shark fin, processed by Haideli, costs 1,000 yuan ($160).

Neither Wang nor Li believe the shark population is dwindling. "Resources will carry on increasing," Wang asserts. "Yao Ming doesn't get it. The numbers in the sea have not dropped. There are still enough sharks."


Guardian talks ****** about China/Chinese customs/Chinese males but has to give credit to Yao. tough bargain lol.

I guess it's Yao for China and Grace Meng for the US. this chinese chick became the only Chinese American US congressman in NY HISTORY lol. and that chick got elected in part due to a lot of liberal support for her bashing shark finning and China


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:37 am
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Yao Ming had wrapped up his visit of his second home Houston.

He is now in Los Angeles, probably ready to go back home to Shanghai.


He was honored 2013 Visionary of the Year award by Asia Society Southern California (ASSC) last night (February 19th) in the ASSC 2013 Annual Gala Dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

John Chiang, the State Controller of California, was the other honoree at the gala dinner as ASSC's 2013 Asian American Leader of the Year.

Yao Ming's buddy Steve Nash of the LA Lakers was also there at the gala dinner, and provided introductory remarks for Big Yao.

At the Gala Dinner, Girard-Perregaux, the famous Swiss luxury watch maker, one of the many sponsors of the Gala Dinner, presented Big Yao with a limited version of Yao Ming ChronoHawk wrist watch (with 61 diamonds). Only 2 of these watches were made: one for Yao Ming, and the other put onto auction during the Gala Dinner.


Photos of Yao Ming giving his Thank You speech, with Steve Nash and with John Chiang.

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Yao Ming honored Visionary of the Year
award by Asia Society


2013-02-20

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 -- China's basketball star Yao Ming, eight-time All-Star center with the NBA's Houston Rockets, was honored Tuesday "Visionary of the Year" award by Asia Society Southern California (ASSC).


"It is with profound gratitude and humility that I received this 'Visionary' award when I just passed 30 years old," Yao said upon receiving the award at an ASSC annual gala at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles after he wrapped up his Houston tour last weekend.

"I will be very glad to exchange ideas and learn from each other at this event to benefit my future," he said.

Yao also said that Chinese people should build up more confidence to have their voice heard in the world.

"We should not fear making mistakes because I think that sometimes only through mistakes can there be progress," he said.


NBA star Steve Nash also attended the gala and provided introductory remarks for Yao.


During his stay in Houston, Yao was officially named Goodwill Ambassador of Houston by the city's mayor.

Yao is a veritable ambassador of the sport on behalf of China. He is also a giant in the philanthropic world not only through his Foundation but also through partnering with the Special Olympics and WildAid in its quest to prevent the eradication of sharks and African elephants.

His Yao Ming Foundation and partnership with NBA China has done a lot to connect China and the U.S.. The Shanghai native played eight years before his career was cut short by foot and leg injuries.

Asia Society Southern California is a leading non-profit, non-partisan, pan-Asian organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and promoting understanding among the people of Southern California and Asia/Pacific.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:58 am
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pryuen wrote:

At the Gala Dinner, Girard-Perregaux, the famous Swiss luxury watch maker, one of the many sponsors of the Gala Dinner, presented Big Yao with a limited version of Yao Ming ChronoHawk wrist watch (with 61 diamonds). Only 2 of these watches were made: one for Yao Ming, and the other put onto auction during the Gala Dinner.



A close look at the GP "Yao Ming" Chrono Hawk wrist watch that GP gifted Yao Ming at the 2013 ASSC Annual Gala Dinner.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:30 am
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How much did the other watch get at the auction?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:34 am
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bobliu wrote:
How much did the other watch get at the auction?


US$ 16K.


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