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  • 23 May
    导出博客文章In November, espnWs weekly essay series will focus on giving.I first heard of
    Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui when someone on Facebook posted an article
    about her with the caption: I want to be her best friend. I winced and moved on.
    For days, I did not click on the link, until I saw even more people posting
    about her -- always with the same words. Shes amazing. I love her. Too real.Oh,
    no, I thought. Oh no. I knew exactly where this was going. But I clicked
    anyway.When I was in elementary school, I was the only Asian in my grade. On the
    playground, my classmates pretended to be Chinese, saying things like
    ching-chong-chaw and doing kung-fu. At my desk, I seethed but could not explain
    why -- only that it came from some deep feeling that my classmates were
    pretending to be Chinese the way kids pretend to be aliens or superheroes.One
    afternoon, my classmates had gathered around me, fascinated by my eyes. Theyre
    different, one of them announced, and then they all stepped in closer. I
    wondered if I had became a caricature by being fully Asian and half-Chinese.When
    I grew older, the narrative changed. After college, I spent some time studying
    Chinese in China, in an attempt to understand my mothers culture. The majority
    of my male classmates had arrived on a different quest: They wanted a
    girlfriend.Chinese women are beautiful, one of my classmates told me. He handed
    me his phone. The contacts list was filled with the names of women hed met
    clubbing. The album was packed with photographs of him wrapped around each of
    the women hed met, their faces green and silver from the flashing lights of the
    clubs.I cant speak the language, I hate the food here and I miss my family, he
    told me as he swiped through each picture so quickly the faces blurred together,
    but Im not going home until I get a girlfriend.Theyre different from American
    women, my apartment mate explained when I asked him about the allure. Theyre
    more feminine and more submissive. Perfect wife material.Chinese women had
    evolved to mean sexy. I couldnt decide if that was better or worse. Really, it
    was just about the same as being a caricature, but now served with a side of
    submission and breasts.With all of that in mind, I read all the stories and
    watched interviews of Fu Yuanhui, expecting a celebrity swimmer who was polite
    and poster beautiful.The unexpected happened: I too fell in love. I, too, wanted
    Fu Yuanhui to be my best friend. She wasnt poster-pretty. She was something far
    better: She was human.When Fu Yuanhui heard shed come in third at the 100-meter
    backstroke finals at the Rio Olympics, she gasped for air, stuttered and then
    mangled her lanyard from the sheer joy of winning. Her bubbling, over-the-top
    delight with life was infectious. In the photographs, while other athletes posed
    for the camera, smiles frozen in place, she clutched her medal mouth open in a
    silent roar of happiness. She made faces, grinned maniacally.The moment I truly
    fell for her was during the womens 4x100-meter medley relay when she emerged
    from the pool doubled over in pain. Her period left her feeling weak, she told
    the reporter, and she didnt swim her best. Then, she apologized for her
    performance and moved on.Never mind the cultural taboo that exists around
    periods, particularly in China, where tampons are hard to come by. Never mind
    the cultural taboos about periods that exist around the world. Fu Yuanhui swam
    in pain; she felt like she underperformed; she apologized; and that was all
    simply all there was to it.Fu Yuanhui didnt give us pretty, she gave us joy so
    fierce you could feel its power blasting through the camera lens. She didnt give
    us pitch-perfect celebrity-speak molded to showcase her best self to the press.
    She gave us herself, her incandescent happiness, her earthly pain.She showed us
    its possible to be loved by the world for simply being yourself. And for this,
    we loved her, for this we continue to love her: Fu Yuanhui, champion swimmer,
    champion human.Shalene Gupta is currently working on a novel about growing up
    Chinese-Indian in Minnesota. A former Fortune reporter, with an M.S. from
    Columbia Journalism School, she is currently a freelance writer living in
    Boston. Follow her @ShaleneGupta
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