Posted At : April 30, 2014 12:52 PM | Posted By : Iris Mack
The Donald Sterling scandal is reverberating across the globe, reaching as far as China, the NBA’s biggest market outside of the U.S.
The fallout from the phone conversation recordings that were released by TMZ last week, on which Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is heard making racist remarks, has overshadowed the NBA playoffs in China and prompted heated reactions from the 300 million-plus community of basketball fans and players in China. As of last year, the NBA had more than 52 million followers on the Sina Weibo and Tencent microblogs, the Chinese equivalents of Twitter. On Weibo, many Clipper fans and basketball fans alike fired back at Sterling.
“Disappointing for Clippers fans to hear such terrible comments from owners,” a blogger and self-described member of China’s "Clipper Nation" said online.
“Re-post to support the team NOT Sterling,” the microblogger added, attaching a photo of the Clippers' starting lineup with the caption, “Say No to Racism: we Clipper Nation here in China will always support our players, not Donald Sterling.”
Others were less kind.......
Though China’s decade-in-the-making NBA fan base won’t likely abandon the league over Sterling’s remarks, it’s clear that Chinese fans are are siding with the players.
In a country where religion is often condemned, worshipping NBA players may be the closest thing to religious observance for some fans. Eddie Huang, a Taiwanese-American author, restaurateur and basketball-enthusiast, wrote for ESPN about LeBron James' visit to Chengdu last summer. At the time, he wrote, the Chinese “love them some basketball.”
“When LeBron James comes to the Middle Kingdom, it becomes abundantly clear that Jesus is in fact African-American," he wrote.
Posted At : December 1, 2013 7:38 PM | Posted By : Iris Mack
A patent by Chinese engineers reveals their plans to build a flying car. Their approach uses two large “lifting” fans positioned at the back and front of the vehicle, with each rotating in opposite directions.
Posted At : October 25, 2013 2:10 AM | Posted By : Iris Mack
The first shot was fired on Monday. Teradata, which sells analytics tools for Big Data, warned that quarterly revenues plunged 21% in Asia and 19% in the Middle East and Africa. Wednesday evening, it was IBM’s turn to confess that its hardware sales in China had simplycollapsed. Every word was colored by Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s hand-in-glove collaboration with American tech companies, from startups to mastodons like IBM.
But the fiasco was tucked away under the lesser debacle of IBM’s overall revenues, which fell 4.1% from prior year, the sixth straight quarter of declines in a row. Software revenue inched up 1%, service revenue skidded 3%. At the hardware unit, Systems and Technology, revenue plunged 17%. Within that, sales of UNIX and Linux Power System servers plummeted a dizzying 38%. Governmental and corporate IT departments had just about stopped buying these machines.