Sports & Recreation

Goldfish (Jīnyú 金鱼)

Goldfish (Jīnyú 金鱼)

Haiwang YUAN A crowd views the goldfish at San Frank Park in Hangzhou. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Goldfish, or jinyu 金鱼, are ornamental aquarium and pond fish originally cultured in China that later were spread to East Asia and the world. Due to accidental genetic mutation at first and artificial selection later, goldfish have developed from carp into 500 […]

LIU Xiang (Liú Xiáng 刘翔)

Judy POLUMBAUM Champion hurdler Liu Xiang was the first Chinese man to earn a gold medal in an Olympics track event, winning the 100-meter hurdles at the 2004 Summer Games. The achievement earned him national popularity and global sponsorship, and made him the embodiment of China’s dreams for the 2008 Olympics, until a hamstring injury forced him to pull out […]

YAO Ming (Yáo Míng 姚明)

YAO Ming (Yáo Míng 姚明)

Judy POLUMBAUM Basketball star Yao Ming being interviewed. A member of the Chinese men’s national basketball team, former player on China’s Shanghai Sharks, and number one pick of the U.S. National Basketball Association draft in 2002, Yao Ming became a popular center on the Houston Rockets and China’s first professional superstar athlete with global recognition. Yao Ming may be deemed […]