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 VII: June 25, 2017: "Back to Shanghai"
"I returned to Shanghai on Friday and have since been doing as much visiting as possible. In just 48 hours, I've managed to see the beautiful Jing'an Temple, stroll through Century Park, and wander around both the Marriage Market and AP Plaza, one of the biggest fake markets in the city. …
… I had also planned to spend quite some time walking around the most famous fake market in Shanghai. However, I had to leave after about 30 minutes, because I had had enough. As I walked through the aisles of the market that is held underneath a subway station, I was approached over and over again about buying 'beautiful scarves, good quality watches, trendy shoes, and designer bags.' Often times, I was followed for several aisles by the same person trying to get my attention. I do give them credit for their perseverance, as well as their techniques to get shoppers' attentions, especially westerners. …
… I have a tour of the NBA China office tomorrow in Shanghai, as well as lunch with a few of the staff members. I've had a number of questions run through my head since the end of camp, so I'm excited to get the chance to ask them. …"
BLOG POST VIII: June 28, 2017: "Beautiful Beijing"
"The last couple of days I spent in Shanghai went smoothly; I continued my tourism as well as met up with some NBA China staff for both an office tour and a Western lunch. We talked about a number of things, including the impact, both positive and negative, of the One-Child Policy here in China. …
… The more I find out about basketball, and sport in general, in China, the more intrigued I become. I will be meeting with the CEO of NBA China in a few days, as well as speaking with different government sport officials – all meetings that promise to be very interesting. …
… After looking at the weather forecast for the week, I decided that today, Wednesday, would be the day that I venture out to The Great Wall. The Weather Channel told me that it would be decently hot, but that there most importantly would not be a cloud in the sky. However, I should have known that 'no clouds' still means 'lots of smog' here in Beijing, as you can tell from the pictures. Following a short stop at the Ming Tombs, a collection of mausoleums holding the Ming Dynasty's tombs, I slowly but surely climbed my way to one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. I kid you not when I say that I simply stood at the top of the stairs for about ten minutes, grinning from ear to ear and trying to take in as much as I could. It was an extremely special moment for me, and one that I will never forget. …"
- Blog Post I: June 3, 2017: "Pre-Trip"
- Blog Post II: June 11, 2017: "Basketball in International Relations"
- BrownBears.com: June 12, 2017: "Steeves Set for Summer Fellowship in China"
- Blog Post III: June 16, 2017: "First Days in Shanghai"
- BrownBears.com: June 16, 2017: "Steeves Begins Chinese Trip in Shanghai"
- Blog Post IV: June 17, 2017: "Welcome to Hangzhou"
- Blog Post V: June 20, 2017: "NBA Camp"
- Blog Post VI: June 22, 2017: "Camp Wrap-Up"
- BrownBears.com: June 22, 2017: "Steeves Continues Chinese Trip at NBA Camp in Hangzhou"