Drawing on interviews with players and coaches, Kathleen Yep recounts some surprising stories. From the success of the Hong Wah Kues, a professional barnstorming men's basketball team and the Mei Wahs, a championship women's amateur team, to Woo Wong, the first Chinese athlete to play in Madison Square Garden, and his extraordinarily talented sister Helen Wong, who is compared to Babe Didrikson.
Outside the Paint chronicles the efforts of these highly accomplished athletes who developed a unique playing style that capitalized on their physical attributes, challenged the prevailing racial hierarchy, and enabled them, for a time, to leave the confines of their segregated world. As they learned to dribble, shoot, and steal, they made basketball a source of individual achievement and Chinese American community pride.
About the Author
Kathleen S. Yep is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and Sociology at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges.
Table of Contents
1. The Chinese Playground
2. The Hong Wah Kues Discover America
3. The Mei Wahs Knew How to Use Their Elbows and Push
4. “Mr. Chinese Cager” Plays Madison Square Garden
5. Helen Wong and the “Muscle Molls”
Conclusion: The Chinese Playground and Yao Ming in the Era of Globalized Sports