Articles By: Alex Endress
Memo Mata came to China six years ago for a change of pace. As he put it, Mata wanted to explore the world. Now Mata, a former Westlake High School player who suited up for Texas State, is helping mold an unlikely relationship between the National Football League and a growing Chinese fan base.
Led by Erwin Sennett Wu, a 28-year-old American from Long Beach, California, the backyard football club represents a small portion of Chinese football fans. The crew meets every Sunday at local parks and universities to run through warm-ups, drills, and scrimmages.
Xiejiaqiao, like many rural villages in China, tends to police itself. While a pair of police officials from the county level visit the village twice a month for a report on area stability, the closest thing to local law enforcement in the village is a three-person “Violence Avoidance Committee.”
Taking a test that can determine your collegiate future is never easy, but at least students in the United States can take a few extra shots if they flub their first go. Not so in China, where the annual National College Entrance Exam of China is an all-or-nothing two-day assessment that can determine a students fate.
Amid loud but limited public protests by several Chinese critics, families flocked to the Huaxing Ultimate Movie Experience Cineplex in Beijing on June 1, Children’s Day, to catch the newly released Kung Fu Panda 2.
Nelson Song, a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is one of a growing number of China-born students who choose to further their education at American universities. The 23-year-old biology major from Changsha, Hunan China, transferred to UT after just one year of study at Wuhan University. Yet even in China, Song acquired paternal longhorn influences at a very young age.