How Oregon’s 15-year-old table-tennis star Judy Bochenski thawed the Cold War in 1971: The announcement of the impending trip made front-page headlines across the U.S. and beyond. It was the “ping heard round the world,” wrote Time magazine, playing off of table tennis’ informal name.
Category: Ping Pong Diplomacy
The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Downtown Portland will be hosting at table tennis exhibition on February 7th and 14th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm featuring Judy Hoarfrost and the Pips and Bounce team. Open play will be available after the demonstration.
On Feb. 10, 2013, the Chinese New year’s Day, Zhuang Zedong, the key figure of the legendary Ping Pong Diplomacy between USA and China, passed away in Beijing at the age of 73. This blog from Wen Liu talks about the significance of Zhuang Zedong and Ping Pong Diplomacy.
This video is a CNC television report from Hangzhou about an event at Zhejiang University celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy. Judy Hoarfrost of Paddle Palace, an original Ping Pong Diplomacy Team member, traveled with the delegation.
Front page of Los Angeles Times Sports Section July 8, 2011: It has been 40 years since Ping Pong Diplomacy helped pave the way for China to enter the world’s community and Tim Boggan is growing tired of the diplomacy involved in celebrating Ping Pong Diplomacy. In 1971, the table tennis historian was one of the first Americans to enter China since 1949. But he says the speeches commemorating the 40-year anniversary are full of “niceties” and “politeness” to the point that nobody listens. So when Boggan rises to talk about his unlikely trip to China he delivers an original oration every time…
Thanks to all of our good friends and customers who visited us at this year’s US Open booth! There were many exciting events at this year’s US Open, held in Milwaukee, WI the first weekend in July. There were several events celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy in and around the venue. Over 700 players participated in the U.S. Open, culiminating in an exciting seven-game men’s fnal. The Para Olympic individual and team competitions…
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron joked and high-fived while playing ping pong against a couple of students at a London school on Tuesday, May 24th in London.
Nothing had prepared the world for the startling spectacle that happened in Peking, China in April of 1971. Chinese Premier, Chou En-lai greeted the first American delegation to set foot in the ancient Chinese capital since Mao Tse-tung took control of the land 22 years earlier. After nearly two decades of hostility towards the United States, fifteen American table tennis players and three journalists had made a breakthrough of historic proportions.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy. Paddle Palace is offering this new Ping Pong Diplomacy T-Shirt to commemorate the event. Watch the news for the upcoming 40th Anniversary events planned between China and USA!
In order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and U.S., the Chinese Table Tennis Association would like to host a friendly match on Jan. 7, 2009. We wish the USATT help to see if two veteran players, George Braithwaite and Judy Hoarfrost, could come to the event. In addition, we wish to invite two young players (one male, one female) under the age of 18 to come to the event. The relevant expenses incurred from this trip will be born by the General Sport Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China. Did I wish to accept this invitation? You bet!
An elaborately staged Ping Pong Diplomacy “Rematch,” was held June 10-12, 2008 at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA. It commemorated the Ping Pong Diplomacy of 1971, when the Chinese surprised the World by inviting a U.S. table tennis team to go to China. It was an outstanding diplomatic move alright, for these guests of China comprised the first group of Americans to enter that country in over 20 years. There followed in 1972 the historic visit of President Nixon to China (“Better off in conversation than conflict”), and the reciprocal visit of the Chinese to the U.S.
The 25th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy was celebrated in 1997 with events in USA and China. Judy Bochenski Hoarfrost, an original member of the 1971 PPD Team, wrote this globe-trotting account of meeting Henry Kissinger in NY, and traveling with her family for her first trip back to China since the height of the Cultural Revolution, noting the striking changes that have taken place in China in 25 years and marveling at the role that table tennis has played towards promoting peace.