October 2009 | By Jane Leung Larson
The Committee of 100 will be honoring NBA Houston Rockets center Yao Ming at its Third Greater China Conference in Beijing. Yao is a national hero in China who is proud to wear the Chinese colors in the Olympics yet has become more American during his seven years living and playing basketball in the United States. But he told China Daily that his values continue to reflect the Chinese national character—“moderation, diligence and tolerance. These values derive from the 5,000-year civilization."