By Kathy Kemper Published on 8/24/2008 Bangkok Post China called upon the world community of gifted talent to build and design the most magnificent, green, tech-savvy buildings that you’ve ever seen, all done with Chinese thoughtfulness.  There’s no way that London will be able to have so many new sports stadiums built by so many renowned…

By Kathy Kemper – 08/19/08 04:09 PM ET Twenty-five-year-old hurdler Liu Xiang is China’s star athlete. His name, fittingly, means “to soar.” He won the 110-meter hurdles race in Athens, and was fully expected to defend his title in front of 91,000 adoring Chinese fans. What many people don’t know is that he knew beforehand…

By Kathy Kemper Published on 8/7/2008 Bangkok Post Hanoi, Vietnam August 7, 2008 — Three decades ago, China was a mystery to Americans.  Its society and economy were closed, and we viewed it as an appendage of the biggest and baddest of them all, the Soviet Union.  Today, the situation couldn’t be more different.  I,…

By Kathy Kemper Published on 8/4/2008 Bangkok Post Hoi An, Vietnam August 4, 2008 — There’s a buzz about Vietnam, and I’m not talking about 24 million mo-ped engines.  Vietnam is hot, and the word is spreading fast.  Continuing my tour of Southeast Asia en route to the Olympics, I see a country that’s vibrant and…

By Kathy Kemper Published on 7/29/2008 Bangkok Post Siem Reap, Cambodia July 29, 2008 — Thailand and Cambodia are once again disputing 1.8 square miles of land that surround the Preah Vihear temple, a spectacular Hindu shrine that was built in the 11th century.  The conflict has been all over the news, and it got…

Thirty-one year old Justin Gimelstob, who retired from professional tennis in 2007 after twelve years on the pro tour, is now playing on Washington DC’s first pro tennis team, the Washington Kastles, the newest franchise of the World Team Tennis Pro League. Gimmelstob holds two Grand Slam Championship trophies in mixed doubles. Q. Tell me…

  By Kathy Kemper – 07/24/08 08:42 AM ET I’m taking a breathtaking tour of Southeast Asia en route to Beijing for the upcoming Olympic Games. The Thais and Laotians are in awe of the United States. They want to emulate us in all respects — fashion, movies, trade, you name it — and be…

For 52 years, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation has been keeping local kids off the streets by providing them a safe haven to do homework, play tennis and set personal goals. WTEF has a 100 percent graduation rate in which kids frequently achieve athletic and academic scholarships. When tennis legend and world-class philanthropist Andre…