The sport was introduced by YMCA missionaries between 1895 and 1998, and caught the imagination of students everywhere. It stood the test of time, wars and revolution. The population was so fond of it that it was declared Chinese national pastime in 1935. Even during the hiatus caused by the Second Sino-Japanese War and WWII, communist soldiers found a way to play. Moreover, the first ever colour sports film of Chinese Communist Party featured the story of a female player. Woman Basketball Player No. 5, was depicting basketball as a metaphor for human greatness, comprising values such as hard work, patriotism, honesty and team effort.
China: Land of Basketball
In terms of competitive basketball, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is considered to be the best professional league in Asia. It is headed up by the legendary Houston Rockets player Yao Ming, whose first move when in charge, was to reach out to David Stern for advice. With its cultural roots, huge amateur base, NBA fanbase and the emerging CBA, the future of basketball could well lie in China.
Shoot Around The Globe
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Amandine B is a traveller like no other. Like most people, she travels the world and brings back her memories immortalised in photos, but has an unusual obsession: a penchant for the somewhat unorthodox subject of playgrounds. The young woman decided to dedicate her ten years of picture-taking to a project cleverly named "shootaround" as a reference to photography jargon but also to the warm-up phase of basketball.
Paris, Shanghai, Venice, Santiago de Cuba, Honolulu, Boston and Seattle are just some of the corners of the globe her work has dipped into, and she is already looking forward to her next destination.