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.
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…
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.
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