In 1971, in the midst of the Cold War, American Ping Pong Player Glenn Cowan arrived late to the U.S. team’s bus while practicing for the World’s 31st World Table Tennis Championship held in Nagoya, Japan. So, Cowan temporarily started practicing with a Chinese player in the Chinese team. When the facility abruptly closed, Cowan then joined the Chinese team on the bus ride back. While most Chinese players treated him with suspicion as a foreigner, another Chinese player Zhuang Zedong decided to strike up a conversation through an interpreter. Finally, at the end of the ride, Zhuang gave a…

Christopher Rathbun

Wharton Senior, Interviewer for Wharton Innovators in Business

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