Sure, Jeremy Lin was born in California and struggles to speak Mandarin, but China and Taiwan both see themselves in the Knicks basketball star.
Yao Ming and Richard Branson are teaming up to help put an end to the cruel trade of shark fins for use primarily in shark fin soups in China.
Yao Ming's expected retirement comes at an already difficult time for the NBA, with the 2011-12 season in jeopardy due to a dispute between teams and the players' union.
Yao Ming, China's star basketball player, incurred an injury that some say could end his season or even his career – though others with the same injury have rebounded.
A sparkling, eclectic collection of sports profiles from the pages of the New Yorker.
Yao Ming, John Woo, and piano prodigy Lang Lang are among dozens of celebrities who will appear in television commercials later this year in a bid by China to boost its image abroad.