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Yao Ming

At Sunday's NBA all-star game in Atlanta, the Western conference's starting center will be Yao Ming, the 7-foot, 5-inch Houston Rockets rookie from China. Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing that no Chinese athlete has ever reached such heights of fame or fortune.

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Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Seoul, South Korea, reporting on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Before moving to Seoul in 2018, he traveled to the region to cover major stories including the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster.

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