Women’s Basketball’s Steeves Begins Chinese Trip in Shanghai

Women’s Basketball’s Steeves Begins Chinese Trip in Shanghai

Brown University women's basketball rising junior Erika Steeves is taking a 23-day trip from June 13 to July 5 throughout China where she will explore the market for amateur and professional basketball in China through a Brown Royce Sport and Society Fellowship. Steeves is making stops in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Jinan, and Beijing and will chronicle her adventures through her blog, Creating a Market for Sport in China. BrownBears.com will feature excerpts from her blog throughout her journey. 

BLOG POST III: June 16, 2017: "First Days in Shanghai"
"I arrived in Shanghai on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon, after an uneventful 13-hour flight. I had previously looked up the word "tall" in Mandarin, because I figured it would be useful for me to recognize. Sure enough, the first mention of my height came within ten minutes of me stepping foot on Chinese soil, and have since been quite frequent. 

I made it to my apartment after a quick trip on the subway, but I barely took the time to look around my room before I left and met up with a friend from home. We had Yan's renown dumplings, then walked around NanJing Road, one of the world's busiest shopping streets, where I happened to live on for the week. I then rented a Mobike and made my way back to my apartment, which is something that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Shanghai. It was such a carefree experience to be biking alone on the streets of lively Shanghai, and one that I'll never forget. …

The more I walked around, the more I realized how prevalent basketball is here. Every single high school I saw had at least four courts on its property, and I saw Yao Ming in three different poster commercials. I also saw more pictures of Steph Curry and more NBA jerseys than I ever did anywhere in Canada, or even in most U.S. cities.

I started my day bright and early on Thursday morning, since I had two different meetings. I first headed to Power Corp, a diversified international management and holding company, to try to follow up on the International Finance course I took this past semester. Following that interesting meeting, I had my first multi-course Chinese meal, tasting foods such as jellyfish, beef cheek, century eggs, eel, and lots of tofu. I then made my way to the China Canada Business Council (CCBC) to learn more about the ways with which international companies are establishing themselves in the Chinese market. I ended my day by visiting The Bund, which was a breathtaking view. I am travelling to Hangzhou today, Friday, to officially incorporate basketball into my trip, so stay tuned!"