Sure, Jeremy Lin was born in California and struggles to speak Mandarin, but China and Taiwan both see themselves in the Knicks basketball star.
Last week's China train crash, which killed some 40 people, has reinforced a sense of unease with the pace of the nation's development.
The online outpouring of anger and sympathy after a weekend bullet train accident in China killed at least 39 people has highlighted a robust criticism that exists online, sometimes beyond the reach of even the most powerful Chinese Internet censors. A number of recent online campaigns have managed to raise awareness of issues the government would have otherwise been able to keep out of the public eye. In some cases, protests have even prompted a government response. Here are four:
Luke Tinsman, of San Clemente, Calif., eyes a perch while in a fisheye bubble at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point, Calif.
A man paddles a homemade boat through a flooded area in Moshan village, Zhejiang province Saturday, June 19. China has mobilized troops to help with flood relief and raised its disaster alert to the highest level after days of downpours forced the evacuation of more than half a million people in central and southern provinces.
Brendan Earley of Davison, Mich. puts on his own car show while waiting for the start of the Back to the Bricks Mitten Promo Tour in the parking lot on Friday in Flint.
Little girls run through a field of giant tecolote ranunculus flowers at Flower Fields in Carlsbad, Calif., on April 27. The flowers attract thousands of visitors each year during their six to eight week bloom period.
Qian Yunhui's suspicious death led to an unprecedented amount of detective work among Chinese citizens who were not convinced by the official version of events.
Lower export barriers are spurring trade and investment from China, but local producers now worry that a flood of cheap Chinese imports will put them out of business.