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Courtesy of Samson Dubina One of the most neglected aspects of perfecting a stroke is learning how to load it properly. If you first learn the proper balance, positioning, and... Read More

Reflecting on 50th anniversary of ping-pong diplomacy on both sides of the Pacific amid stalemate in ties

By Wang Wenwen and Zhao Yusha (Global Times) Half a century ago, no one expected the visit of a group of American table tennis players to China would change the global landscape... Read More

Ping Pong Player Who Helped Bridge U.S.-China Diplomacy in 1971 Says ‘Nobody Should Boycott’ the 2022 Olympics

By Sean Neumann (People Magazine) A boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is not the right way to call attention to China’s mounting human rights violation, says one... Read More

50 Years Later, The Legacy Of U.S.-China ‘Pingpong Diplomacy’ Faces Challenges

By John Ruwitch (NPR) Judy Hoarfrost remembers the day she walked into China a half-century ago. She was 15 and the youngest member of the U.S. pingpong team, which had... Read More

Fifty years ago, a hippie, a dental assistant and a 15-year-old helped open China with ping pong

By Michael E. Ruane (Washington Post) Judy Bochenski was 15, wore mini skirts, and had to ask her parents if it was ok to cross the border into Red China.... Read More

‘Ping Pong Diplomacy’ Celebrates 50 Years, Just As U.S., China Need It Again

By Scott McDonald (Newsweek) The best table tennis players in the world descended upon Japan in March of 1971, all looking for championships. Shortly after the tournament ended in April,... Read More

Ping Pong Diplomacy resonates a half century later

By Tim Dahlberg (Associated Press) They were an unlikely group of trailblazing diplomats, including the 15-year-old who knew only that China was a big country filled with communists — and... Read More