Only in China is a vacation not really a vacation. Case in point: The preposterous and unholy government-mandated holiday schedule for Mid-Autumn Festival, which officially started on Thursday. After getting two days off from work, the vast majority of China’s workforce will go into their job tomorrow on Sunday, work until Friday, rest on Saturday, work again on Sunday and go into work on the following Monday before getting seven straight days off from October 1st to the 8th. But even then, working weekends doesn’t end as everyone has to go back to work on Saturday 12th.
At NiuBBall, we are vehemently against mandatory working weekend, because weekends are for weekends; not for working. But to stand in solidarity with our working brothers and sisters, we’re dedicating this weeks’ batch of links to everyone whose goint into the office tomorrow… and the following Sunday… and the Saturday two weeks after.
(And if you want to throw eggs at the people who are responsible for making this mess of a holiday schedule, please look up the address this guys‘ house… you know, if you’re into throwing eggs at people’s houses.)
- Yao Ming newest, boldest endeavor: Convincing Chinese to start drinking white wine.
- India’s U-16 Men’s National Team is in DongGuan, Guangdong in preperation for the FIBA U-16 Asia Championship later this month. From out guy Karan Madhok at Hoopistani: “The team will stay at the NBA/CBA’s Basketball School in Dongguan where they will play exhibition games against various Chinese teams. The U16s are scheduled to participate in the upcoming 3rd U16 FIBA Asia Championship in Tehran (Iran) from 25th September to 4th October.”
- Lauren Jackson is the latest women’s basketball superstar to take her talents to the WCBA.
- Rajon Rondo is signing a shoe deal with Chinese company, Anta. From the Boston Globe: “Rajon Rondo has rehabilitated quietly from his torn right anterior cruciate ligament, but could make headlines off the court by potentially changing shoe companies from Nike to Anta, the Chinese company that nabbed former Celtic Kevin Garnetta few years ago.”
- It’s not quite NBA League Pass, but the NBA’s plans to add more live streaming games in China on Sina.com is a welcome step in the right direction.
- Photos, game recaps and assorted write-ups about Arizona State’s recent summer tour of China. (There’s more stuff on the team’s official website, too.)