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Phantom Calls

Race and the Globalization of the NBA

In the twenty-first century, the idea of race in sports is rapidly changing. The National Basketball Association, for instance, was recently home to a new kind of racial conflict. After a recent playoff loss, Houston head coach Jeff Van Gundy alleged that Yao Ming, his Chinese star center, was the victim of phantom calls, or refereeing decisions that may have been ethnically biased. Grant Farred here shows how this incident can be seen as a pivotal moment in the globalization of the NBA. With some forty percent of its players coming from foreign nations, the idea of race in the NBA has become increasingly multifaceted. Farred explains how allegations of phantom calls such as Van Gundy’s challenge the fiction that America is a post-racial society and compel us to think in new ways about the nexus of race and racism in America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
 
Son of the "Whore of Asia"
 
Who Can Speak of Race?
 
Speaking For
 
Living with the Outcome:  Effects of the Age of Deng
 
Anti-Americanism, Sui Generis
 
"The Dark Side of the Moon"
 
Acknowledgments
 

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