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Sports: Ping-Pong Diplomacy

Ping-Pong Oddity is a memoir by Tim Boggan about the U.S. table tennis team's "ping-pong diplomacy" trip to China that those of you who are beginning to look fondly back on Henry Kissinger will remember was undertaken during the Nixon administration. A personal account of the 1971 adventure, considered to be a turning point in improvements in U.S.-China relations on a par with the president's getting drunk on mai tais plied by Chairman Mao, the essay includes photos from the trip. The site is the home of USA Table Tennis, "the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States." <>