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Outside the Paint: When Basketball Ruled at the Chinese Playground (Asian American History & Culture)by Kathleen S. Yep
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This fascinating book reveals that Chinese Americans began “shooting hoops” nearly a century before Chinese superstar Yao Ming turned pro. Drawing on interviews with players and coaches, Outside the Paint takes readers back to San Francisco in the 1930s and 1940s, when young Chinese American men and women developed a new approach to the game—with fast breaks, intricate passing and aggressive defense—that was ahead of its time.
Every chapter tells a surprising story: the Chinese Playground, the only public outdoor space in Chinatown; the Hong Wah Kues, a professional barnstorming men’s basketball team; the Mei Wahs, a championship women’s amateur team; Woo Wong, the first Chinese athlete to play in Madison Square Garden; and the extraordinarily talented Helen Wong, whom Kathleen Yep compares to Babe Didrikson.
Outside the Paint chronicles the efforts of these highly accomplished athletes who developed a unique playing style that capitalized on their physical attributes, challenged the prevailing racial hierarchy, and enabled them, for a time, to leave the confines of their segregated world. They learned to dribble, shoot, and steal.
About the Author
Kathleen S. Yep is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and Sociology at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges.
Table of Contents
1. The Chinese Playground
2. The Hong Wah Kues Discover America
3. The Mei Wahs Knew How to Use Their Elbows and Push
4. “Mr. Chinese Cager” Plays Madison Square Garden
5. Helen Wong and the “Muscle Molls”
Conclusion: The Chinese Playground and Yao Ming in the Era of Globalized Sports
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