The New England Cheatriots Have Some Company

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Perennial Chinese Basketball Association bottom-dwellers Xinjiang Guanghui made an unexpected run to the playoffs this season and were considered strong CBA title contenders with a regular season record of 26-4. But there will be no title for the Flying Tigers after they were stripped of most of their points disqualifying them from the playoffs. It turns out the team’s star point guard Guan Xiuchang wasn’t born in Heilongjiang, as claimed by the team but rather is a Vietnamese-American named Song Cun-sou. This minor technicality violates the CBA’s two foreigner per team rule. When first questioned, the team insisted he was from Heilongjiang. Under continued pressure, they provided fake papers identifying him as a citizen of Macau. Eventually his true identity came to light, though Xinjiang Guanghui inexplicably denies knowing Song was from overseas. Incredibly, Song apparently played for another team, Yunnan Honghe in 2004-05.

This makes me curious.  How did they get away with this for so long?  Did everyone know they were cheating but didn’t do anything about it until they were a title contender?  That sounds most plausible to me.  Or perhaps they actually fooled people into thinking he was Chinese.  I’m guessing Song speaks some Chinese (he did play in China in 2004-05) and attempted to blend in somehow.  Did they limit his contact with the media and other outsiders?

Xinjiangers, AIDS, and Bamboo Toothpicks

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Today my girlfriend received an SMS from a friend, a grad student at one of China’s top universities here in Beijing:

最近少出去少在外面吃东西!一伙新疆感染爱滋病毒的人在全国部分城市通过竹签挑破自己皮肤沾血来传染给他人。把血滴到食物里!事情被证实是真的。已有部分大学生感染,不管怎样小心吧!尽量不要外出!最好用自己的碗筷,预防为好!

Roughly translated:

Avoid going out and eating outside in the next few days! A man with AIDS from Xinjiang has been going around to cities all over the country and spreading the disease by pricking himself with a bamboo stick and then dripping blood into other people’s food! This is not a hoax. Some university students have already been infected, so please be careful! Don’t go out unless you have to, and if you eat out, bring your own eating utensils!

Apparently Xinjiangers, already widely maligned as the “Thieves of China“, aren’t satisfied with just pickpocketing anymore. Now at least one is traveling across the country and dropping his AIDS into the food of unsuspecting students–mostly Han students, no doubt.

I didn’t know that one could get AIDS from eating a drop or two of AIDS-infected blood–unless it’s super AIDS, in which case all bets are off. At least we now know that bringing your own sanitized bowl and chopsticks will kill the super AIDS, though.