Used to be: Asians were not held in high esteem. In fact, they were looked down upon, generally speaking.

 

Indians, Burmese, and others were forced to address the Brits (Europeans included) and even the Japanese fascists as “Master” so and so…

 

Chinese were labeled “the sick man of Asia.” Famine, poverty, floods, … were common. They were even degraded as opium eaters, “Ta yoke bein zar.” Eight countries forced massive opium on the Chinese with the heinous Opium Wars. They looted priceless treasures and slaughtered millions. They demanded concessions and crippling reparations. They never talked of Human Rights nor Democracy, then.

 

Shame and humiliation for Asians for many years.

 

That’s history! China and India have risen.

 

Along with US, they are now destined to be major global powers in the 21st century – as they had been for thousands of years before.

 

World sports events can raise Asian national pride and consciousness. Example: The Burmese men and women Chin Lone teams winning the recent Asian Games Sepak Takraw championships. Same in Li Na’s acclaimed win.

 

More Asians are stepping up and standing out in Sports.

 

 


Li puts Asia on grand slam map with win | Sport | Reuters


http://af.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idAFJOE7530AA20110604

 


Li puts Asia on grand slam map with win


PARIS (Reuters) – China’s Li Na beat last year’s champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4 7-6 in the French Open final on Saturday to become the first player from an Asian nation to win a grand slam singles title.

Sixth seed Li, who lost the Australian Open final earlier this year, grabbed Italian fifth seed Schiavone’s tactics sheet and tore it apart in a confident display of power and accuracy.

Li, who beat hard hitters Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova en route to the final, built her success on her lightning-quick backhand and precise serve as Schiavone never hit her stride on the red clay.

Li allowed Schiavone, who was hoping to break the pace with her sliced backhand, only five points on her serve in the opening set.

She snatched her opponent’s serve in the first game of the second set and saved a break point with an ace as she opened a 2-0 lead, only for Schiavone to fight back.

Li set up a break point for 5-2 that Schiavone saved with a service winner, and it was game on from there.

The 30-year-old Milanese broke back for 4-4, sending the contest into a tiebreak that Li whitewashed 7-0.

 

 

 

China’s Li Na Takes French Open Tennis Title | Sports | English


http://www.voanews.com/english/news/sports/Chinas-Li-Na-Takes-French-Open-Tennis-Title-123161173.html


At the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Saturday, Li Na became the first Chinese player, and the first player from any Asian country, to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Li defeated last year’s women’s French Open winner, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6.

 

 

Tennis Star Li Na Spotlights China | Asia | English


http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Tennis-Star-Li-Na-Puts-China-in-Spotlight-123102798.html


Thanks for your comment! Li Na would be the first Asian to win a Grand Slam because Michael Chang is an Asian American, U.S. citizen.

“Asian” as in Asian national. Michael Chang, although of Asian descent, is a US citizen.


We are extremelt happy for you Li, you have many Russian and American fans here in California, where we live. Especially at UCLA . We will be pulling for you from start to finish……..Mark…JoJo….Xavier…..Cycy…..Zennia…..Madam Laura….Othfca, and Hyned.


 

 

 

Bangkok Post : China exults at Li Na’s tennis triumph


http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/240698/china-exults-at-at-li-na-tennis-triumph


In an online survey by top Internet portal Sina.com, 44 percent of more than 100,000 respondents said they had cried at Li’s victory, which the website described as the “pride of China and of Asia”…….

Whatever Li’s past differences with the national association, Chinese tennis chief Sun Jinfang revelled in her breakthrough, calling it “a massive source of pride” for Asia and “a great milestone for the development of Chinese tennis”.


 

 

China’s Li Na Wins French Open Women’s Title – WSJ.com


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576365744292985216.html


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China’s Li Na Wins French Open Women’s Title – WSJ.com


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Na Li Of China Celebrates – Yahoo! Sports Photos

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/players/1147/photos#photoViewer=urn%3Anewsml%3Asports.yahoo%2Cgetty%3A20050301%3Aten%2Cphoto%2C283d5d676841761bbf411c8ef9cc1631-getty-112296032jd098_2011_french_%3A1

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