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Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing by Jim Yardley (review)

Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing by Jim... 498 China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012 Jim Yardley. Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 304 pp. Hardcover $26.95, isbn 978-0-307-27221-8. In writing Brave Dragons, Jim Yardley encapsulates his fourteen years as a successful journalist for the New York Times through the medium of basketball. For eight of those years, he was a foreign correspondent, and he received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize and other awards for international reporting. Brave Dragons was written on the job over a period of three years in three countries: the United States, China, and India. He (with his family) now lives and works in New Delhi. In writing about basketball and situating his subject in China's contemporary history, Yardley seems to be enjoying this task thoroughly. "Little did I know," he writes excitedly, "that basketball would help me understand China, and China's relationship with the United States, in ways I never imagined" ( p. 13). Yardley gives a historical account of how basketball was an American invention: It was James Naismith (1861­1939), Canadian American sports coach and innovator, who in 1891 invented the game primarily as an indoor http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing by Jim Yardley (review)

China Review International , Volume 19 (3) – Apr 15, 2012

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498 China Review International: Vol. 19, No. 3, 2012 Jim Yardley. Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 304 pp. Hardcover $26.95, isbn 978-0-307-27221-8. In writing Brave Dragons, Jim Yardley encapsulates his fourteen years as a successful journalist for the New York Times through the medium of basketball. For eight of those years, he was a foreign correspondent, and he received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize and other awards for international reporting. Brave Dragons was written on the job over a period of three years in three countries: the United States, China, and India. He (with his family) now lives and works in New Delhi. In writing about basketball and situating his subject in China's contemporary history, Yardley seems to be enjoying this task thoroughly. "Little did I know," he writes excitedly, "that basketball would help me understand China, and China's relationship with the United States, in ways I never imagined" ( p. 13). Yardley gives a historical account of how basketball was an American invention: It was James Naismith (1861­1939), Canadian American sports coach and innovator, who in 1891 invented the game primarily as an indoor

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 15, 2012

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