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  •  'ching-chong': slur. Not a slur: the legendary (2+ / 0-)
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    Spong-Fong Hong Kong Ping Pong Ding Dong Bell Bill, supposedly sponsored by Senators William Spong of Virginia and Hiram Fong of Hawaii, to celebrate by mass bell-ringing the arrival in Hong Kong of the US Table tennis team that had visited China.

    But per Wikipedia,

    In fact, Senator Spong never sponsored such a bill, but he did have some fun with the press soon after arriving in Washington, D.C. As described in an article by his cousin, the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Senator Spong "was invited with the other freshman senators to address the National Press Club. Fearful that someone on radio or television would call him Senator Sponge, he used his brief five-minute introductory speech to that body to secure proper name identification. His first act as a senator, he announced in his southern drawl, would be to introduce a bill to protect the rights of songwriters in Hong Kong. He would be joined in this effort by the senior senator of Louisiana, Russell Long, and the senior senator from Hawaii, Hiram Fong, and together they would present the Long Fong Spong Hong Kong Song Bill. His name was never mispronounced by members of the media."
    An excellent book Ping-Pong Diplomacy narrates the historic visit that began a great detente between the US and China, but also its deep background - not only the machinations of Henry Kissinger playing the "China card" against Russia, but the fantastic career of Ivor Montague, an upper class Brit who ran international table tennis for decades while secretly a communist agent.

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 11:46:48 PM PDT

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