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indyrun

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To the ChineseSBFederation representative - most of us on this site (and, I would offer a good guess, most others in this country) are extremely pleased that athletes from other countries wish to, can, and do come here, and have the opportunity to not only participate in our sports and culture, but share their individual lives, desires, talent, personalities AND their culture with "our children", so we might, collectively learn and expand our knowledge in a like manner. 

Many of us have a tendency, at times, to forget that we ALL live in the same world, basically want the same things for our children, and often become a bit stuffy and overbearing.  This exchange of our youngsters, for segments of their lives, can ONLY be positive for us all, and I, for one, welcome what this athletic interchange can bring to the USA.

The words of the athletic representatives of your organization, have always brightened MY day, with their comments. I'm only sorry that "I" haven't had the personal opportunity to meet them, individually.  I am sure they have been great representatives of your government and, as far as I'm concerned, ALWAYS welcome additions to this country.

The best to you all and I hope this exchange can and will continue.
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A suggestion - for those of you that may still have questions as to what this "federation" does/how it operates, you might want to visit their web site @ http://www.chinesesoftballfederation.com/.

It's rather comprehensive, and I think it might answer a good number of questions you may still have, re: their bringing Chinese softball players to this country. 
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interesting that you have to register to be able to play softball.
Does the government have to O.K. you before you are authorized to play ???
Like the underage Olympic gymnasts.
Wake up people life in the Communist world is not like America.
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I'm old, Hammer, but exactly what era (or planet?) do you come from.  Time, I think, to hitch up your pants, and pull yourself into the present century.  WOW!

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Wake up true blue Americans.
But of course as i always say " Chacun a soi "

indyrun

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Just exactly how does it feel to go thru life, always carrying that chip on your shoulder?

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better than being eaten with fish.

indyrun

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WAY over my head...

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After the Chinese National Games were completed we currently have 2 players hoping to find a NJCAA program.  They have experience playing at the elite level and can bring maturity, experience and discipline to a Junior College program.

They hope to be enrolled by January 2010. They are both elite level offensive players. And play solid Asian defense. Neither is a pitcher or catcher. But could play most all other defensive positions if needed.


Please contact chinesesoftballfoundation@hotmail.com

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Breaking news out of Logan, Utah!  Xiao Xue has signed on to pitch for Utah State University beginning this upcoming Spring semester!  She would be the first mainland Chinese born player to participate at the NCAA D1 level!

Good Luck Xiao Xue and her Aggie Team!!!

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Fantastic - have to add that club to my "Favorites" listing, so I can follow her.  I hope she finds nothing but success there!

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Congratulations to Xiao Xue and her family!

What a fantastic journey and dream to live!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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Coach do chinese celebrate Christmas ?????

indyrun

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While I'm "not coach", I'll respond to your question anyway. I'm sure that lots and lots of people that live in this country, don't celebrate Christmas - who (other than you, I guess) really cares? 

That would seem to me to fall under the general category of "it's really not yours, or anyone elses' business".
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I would imagine that those Chinese who are Christian do personally celebrate Christmas as a holy day (under duress), and that those who are not don't. Sort of like here in the USA where Christians celebrate Christmas and non Christians go along with the exercise, especially commercially. I do not think that Christianity (or any religion) would be emphasized however by a Communist regime if they follow Marxist theory that states, "Religion is the opiate of the people" (a method used by the owners of the means of productions to keep the workers who live in misery content that they will arrive at a better world after death while those who own the means of production live in excessive splendor).
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Foundation - Thank you for that explanation. How does the Communist Party view that exhibition of Christianity? Is the celebration mostly religious or commercial?
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Hammer,

Do Americans celebrate the Spring Festival? Do you eat Moon Pie?

Joisey,

Good Stuff! I have not seen much of the religious aspect of CHRIST-mas. They like the Santa stories. And all the decorations. Even the Christmas music. Most all I spoke with can sing Jingle Bells! As a culture they are taught to always give gifts. So Christmas fits in well there. The commercial aspect will grow there BIG time in the future.

Many Chinese are interested in our western holidays. Just like they are interested in most all parts of our western lifestyle.

It is funny to speak with them regarding Halloween. They don't get it! I tell them I don't either. I had some amazing experiences while trick or treating this year.



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Shanghai is now promoting young couples to have more than one child.

China is learning the psychological and cultural disadvantages of the one baby law!

To many little emperors and emperette's. Running around China spoiled and fat from eating McDonald's and KFC!


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Lassen College Softball Player Awarded Scholarship to Utah State University

 

Chinese Softball Foundation athlete signs Letter of Intent to become a Utah State Aggie

 

For immediate release

 

RENO, NV, December 17, 2009- The Chinese Softball Foundation of Reno, NV, announced today that Chang Xiao Xue received an athletic scholarship to attend Utah State University, a NCAA D1 college located in Logan, UT.  Chang, from Beijing, PRC, has been a student-athlete at Lassen College in Susanville, CA where she was a standout pitcher for the Lady Cougars softball team.  After receiving her Associate of Arts degree from Lassen College in December, she will begin classes at Utah State as a junior in January 2010. 

 

Chang, who was the youngest member of the Chinese National Softball Team before coming to the United States, plans to major in Human Resource Management, and to work towards a Masters Degree in Business upon graduation.  Her parents, Yichun Chang, a member of the coaching staff of the Chinese National Swim Team, and mother, Lan Su, reside in Beijing. “I made the decision to come to the United States three years ago” says Xiao Xue. “I wanted to get a degree because being an athlete in China, I only played softball and didn’t get much education. I love softball, but wanted an education, too.”  Xiao Xue has resided in Susanville, CA for the last three years while attending Lassen College. “Susanville is my home in the US.  I want to thank Coach Glen Yonan, Paul Moore, their families, my teammates and the people of Susanville for helping me and treating me like a member of their family.” 

 

“Myself, everyone involved with the Chinese Softball Foundation, as well as all of her coaches at Lassen College are so proud of Xiao Xue for all that she has achieved..” says Michael Bastian, of Rio Linda, CA and President of the Chinese Softball Foundation. “I am excited for the future that she has in front of her.” 

 

About The Chinese Softball Foundation:

The Chinese Softball Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization which offers assistance to Chinese softball players, while serving as an advocate for cultural understanding, education, and leadership development for the athletes through the game of softball. For further information on the organization, read more at http://www.ChineseSoftballFoundation.org

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This young lady sounds like an individual that will be a real asset to her new school, team, AND society, as a whole.  Again, congratulations to her, and the best of luck in Utah, Chang.

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indyrun, have you ever thought about running for a public office.
You are good.

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Hammer - Convinced "one" has to be dishonest, and basically rotten to the core, caring ONLY about yourself, to make it big in "that" field - don't believe I really meet the very basic requirements.  Now, I'm trying to figure out if your comment was a bad one (directed at someone who met "those" requirements) or a good one???

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Xing Lu 1/21/2010
January 21, 2010

 

I spent my first American Christmas in Ohio. This year everywhere around world all get lots of snow during the winter, so does Ohio. Christmas should be white, haha. We spent lots of time wraping gifts and hiding them. It was really fun. I got gifts also! The only thing I don't like about Christmas is people get up early to open gifts...But anyway, Christmas is still good. I learnt how to make cookies, and I am planning to buy an oven to teach my mom how to make them when I go back to China this summer, so she can make them herself! She likes cookies.

The Christmas lights are pretty. Especially in the zoo. People there must spend lots of time preparing those. Those are the most beautiful lights I have ever seen.

I also went to see ballet and two Ohio State basketball games when I was there. They are wonderful!

Another amazing experience is I rode horse there! I have several experiences about riding horse, but this time is a little different. No one was grabing the rope in front of the horse!

I cooked some Chinese meals there. Dumplings, fried rice, cucumber pork, broccoli beef, and chicken wings. Hope my American friends all like them!

I submitted all the transfer application materials this week. I applied five schools. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nevada, Reno, Texas Tech University, Kansas State University and UMKC. Maybe I can get the first result at the end of February. I am a little nervous now...I hope some day when I open my email I can see an admission letter with enough offer!

Chenxi Jiao 1/20/1010 

 

Sorry for have a long time not update my blog. Lots of things going on in this few weeks. My first thanksgiving, first Christmas in US and so on.

 

I had a really good thanksgiving, I went back my american family, ate lunch with my whole family. I was really miss my american mom's cook. The only things let me feel a little bit sad was Lu not coming with me. 

 

After thanksgiving, I started prepare final, in my final I got all A except college English. 

 

In winter break, I back to Pleasant Hill where my american family at. My dad took me skating, that was really fun. Then I been doing work out with my sister Dani almost every other day. I been run, weights and swim. I feel so good can swim. I have 4 months not swim because highland don't have a pool. I love swim, I was a swimmer before I play softball. In Christmas I got lots of gift, and really surprised me. In spring festival, I always get lots of gift also but I always know what I get. It's not like here, parents get gift and you need to wait until Christmas to find out what you get. I really like all the gift I got. I got a ipod speaker, a noise canceling headphones, Mizzou hoodie, Mizzou winter hat, Mizzou glove, sleep clothes set,ear rings and body cream. I really appreciate about all the things my american parents did for me. 

 

Last sunday, I back to school and started my spring semester. That will be my first softball season here. I'm really excited about that. And I think I'll have a really good season.

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I always enjoy reading the updates for these young ladies. 

Are Xing Lu & Chenxi Jiao still enrolled, and will be playing, with Highland Community College, in Kansas? 

Also assuming that Chang Xiao Xue will still be attending Utah St. on scholarship - they don't seem to have yet posted a current roster.
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Awesome News for Lu Xing!

 

 

 

 

 

The Chinese Softball Foundation wishes to extend a huge congratulations to Xing Lu, who has recently received a full international student scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska.  Xing Lu is currently a student-athlete attending Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, and plans on majoring in Meteorology upon completion of her Associates degree. Xing Lu is an excellent student-athlete and has worked very hard both in the classroom and on the softball field since coming to the United States from Chendu, China in January of 2009.  In addition to the scholarship offer, she is also a recipient of the Highland Community College President’s Award in recognition of academic excellence. 

 

Lu also has an interest in encouraging the development of softball in China, and spent time during this past Summer working with younger players in China by teaching them what she has learned playing softball in the United States.

 

All involved with the Chinese Softball Foundation are very proud of how much she has grown and achieved in her time here, and we are confident that this will be one among many great achievements in her journey.  Lu Xing is a wonderful example of what the Chinese Softball Foundation has hoped to encourage and promote through our mission of providing assistance to Chinese softball players, while serving as an advocate for cultural understanding, education, and leadership development for the athletes through the game of softball. 

 
For further information and current updates please visit our website at http://www.ChineseSoftballFoundation.org
 


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OC - great post.  I am so pleased for this young lady.  A fantastic example of what this program can accomplish FOR ALL!

Do you know if she also will have the opportunity (guess, even as a walk on) to play SB there?  However, checking out her academic standings, she obviously won't need "that" part of a scholarship to continue in school.

Can only repeat what I've said before - this program, run thru the Chinese Softball Foundation, is fantastic for the sport AND for both countries.  I hope it is one that continues for as long as possible.

CONGRATS to the young lady, Xing Lu,  She and her sponsors, and the participating schools, have the right to be very proud.

WIN, WIN for everyone!
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Xing Lu 2/22/2010

 

February 22, 2010

 

I am very very happy today! I saw an offer letter from University of Nebraska-Lincoln when I opened my email box this morning! I received full international student scholarship, which can pay for the out of state portion of the tuition. I really wanted to smile all the time during classes today...

I was very nervous when I was waiting for offers...now I can relax and enjoy all I got. I can't wait to tell everyone this fantastic news!

But this means I will not continue playing college softball this fall...I am a little upset about this. However, I can receive better education in UNL, and I can study meteorology! And sure I will go to contact the club team in UNL and join them!

Our first several games got moved because of the heavy snow here...We still haven't played any games yet. Coach is trying to schedule some games for us to play, but we don't know when...

The medicine that the doctor gave for my shin did not work well, but maybe it makes my shoulder back. My shoulder is feeling better and better after taking those medicine...now I can shoot for long distance again! I really appreciate it! I hope this time my shoulder is really back and I can find a way to get my shin better too.

Also today I received the president's honor from HCC! What an amazing day for me!

 

 

Chenxi Jiao 2/20/2010

 

February 20, 2010

 

This week I been pretty busy, Chinese new year, valentines day, Winter Olympics, test and the coming season. However, our games in 20th and 23rd got cancel. It's good, because our team is not ready for games. And we cannot practice outside is really make me feel anxious. 

 

I been working really hard, run 3 miles everyday to make my legs stronger and fix some problem in my pitching. I feel much better than 2 weeks ago.

 

Hopefully, coach can find some games to play next week. 

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Xing Lu 2/28/2010

 

February 28, 2010

 

We played our first 3 games yesterday against NAIA teams, and got 2 out of 3 wins. It was our first day play on field since last semester, so the result is pretty good. However, there were both good things and bad things for me...I catched our first winning game and performed almost perfect defensively, but hit really really really bad...Our assistant coach, who is our catching coach is very pleased with my catching, but I'm sure the coaches must be super mad at my hitting. I didn't even get the bunt down...and only get one single out of five at bats. I don't know what happened...It was the worst hitting day I've ever had...I was really mad at myself...

I hope I can find my hitting feelings back tomorrow. I did really good at hitting until last week. Sometimes during our hitting group practice I can get 6 out of 6 when hitting live...We will have our first conference game this Tuesday, so hopefully I will be ready to swing my bat at that time.

Well, season is coming, and we have a long way need to go. Go Highland Scotties!

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Xing Lu (#0, I noted, at Highland) - so pleased to see you will be moving to Nebraska (UNL) this coming scholastic year, AND that you will have a scholarship to continue your studies. Know you are disappointed that softball will likely not be a part of it, but bet that your meteorological studies will keep you as busy as you could possibly want.

You have a full softball season in front of you in Kansas, at Highland (Kansas, MY home state - Manhattan - I might add), so make the most of it.  Don't be too depressed with a bad game - it's a long season, and just set goals to improve, as you go along.

Again, congratulations to you for the great news from Nebraska - the very best to you, as you move forward in your academic life.  I am so pleased you have had the opportunity to share our culture here, and am sure that those you have been around, while here, have benefited greatly from your presence.

Chenxi Jiao (#18 at Highland) - It sounds like you are doing everything to improve your physical abilities, so you will be ready for the upcoming softball season.  Keep that up, as the season progresses, and you will be amazed at how your skills will improve. Looked at your schedule, and while I thought your first games were on the 20th of THIS month your schedule indicates you start the 3rd  of March (I believe). Know the weather is not good there (grew up in Kansas) this time of year, but it gets better soon!

The best to you this year, both on the softball field, and with your studies. Are you planning to move to a 4 year university when this year is over?

Again, I am so happy that your teammate, Xing Lu and you were able to share a part of "your" lives with many in "this" country.  I hope your entire stay here will be a positive experience for both of you. 
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Tim,

You are a great American!

Awesome post!

Thank You!

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