AMERICAN NOTES: The Playings of Mao

The anticapitalists continue to make capital out of Ping Pong. Preceding the arrival of the Chinese team in the U.S. will be a whole line of Chinese table tennis equipment with the beguiling brand name Double Happiness. The equipment will be marketed by two Los Angeles firms and will boast the endorsement of the Chinese team, with the blessing of Chairman Mao himself.

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