Yao Ming (w/o Pinyin Annotations)

Yao Ming (w/o Pinyin Annotations)

2nd Edition
by Grace Wu

Follow Yao Ming as he travels from China to the United States in the pursuit of NBA prominence.

Discover the story of a basketball superstar on this way to international fame in this engaging biography. Though his amazing height destined him for a life in sports, Yao Ming developed the personal drive and ambition that pushed him to excel. Readers will admire his inspiring strength of character as they learn how this contemporary cultural icon overcame the many challenges on this path to stardom.


  • Pre- and post-reading comprehension questions to build reading fluency
  • Epilogue with updated personal and professional information
  • Companion website with audio and a rich array of resources to support instruction and practice

Appropriate for classroom instruction or independent study, the Chinese Biographies series is ideal for high school, college, and heritage learners who have mastered 500-1,000 Chinese characters.

A version of Yao Ming with pinyin annotations is also available. 


Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
B/W illustrations
About the Series

Why did Jeremy Lin's journey to the NBA inspire so many people? When did Ang Lee start to feel like a success in the film industry? How did Yao Ming get his drive to excel in basketball? What was Lang Lang's first exposure to classical piano music? Where did Vera Wang develop her business savvy? Where does Jay Chou find inspiration for his music? The fascinating Chinese Biographies series answers all these questions and more to inspire young learners while reinforcing their language learning. New epilogues in the 2nd Edition include updated personal and professional information for each pop culture icon. 

Designed for learners who have mastered 1000-1200 vocabulary words, each biography is available with or without pinyin annotation to accommodate different teaching and learning styles. Pre- and post-reading comprehension questions build reading fluency and encourage cultural comparisons. The Chinese Biographies companion website includes additional exercises to improve students’ grammar and vocabulary, as well as audio recordings, class handouts, vocabulary lists, and English translations. Chinese Biographies are ideal readers for both classroom instruction and independent learning.

About the Author(s)

Grace Wu is a Senior Lecturer in Foreign Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Chinese literacy and Chinese character teaching. Currently, Grace is the Chinese Reading and Writing Course coordinator at the Penn Chinese Language Program. Combining Grace's creativity and her 20-year experience in the field of Chinese language education, the Chinese Biographies series has been selected as the best grant project of 2012 for the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.