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The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball's Brightest Big Man

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9 of 1: About the Author

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Oliver Chin has enjoyed drawing and writing from an early age. Graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991. he majored in Social Studies and concentrated in Mass Media and Popular Culture. The graphics editor of the Harvard Crimson newspaper, he did daily editorial cartooning, feature and cover illustrations, and weekly comic strips. His honors senior thesis was "Just Do It: Sports Advertising and the American Dream."

Embarking on a career as in media and marketing communications, Oliver has become a print and electronics publishing professional. He has worked and consulted for Simon & Schuster, Children's Television Workshop, Ziff-Davis, Reuters, Dorling Kindersley, Penguin, Playboy, Wired, and International Data Group. As Director of Sales and Marketing at Viz Communication, he brought Japanese comics into the American mainstream by selling 16 printings (a U.S. industry record) and 1 million copies of Pokemon #1 (the most since the "Death of Superman"). Along the way, he helped popularize anime and manga by promoting series like Dragon Ball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam, Ranma 1/2 to readers and retailers nationwide.

Recently he was the Director of Sales and Marketing of North Atlantic Books, where he increased sales 100% over two years. The magazine Publisher's Weekly named the company of the TOP 10 fastest growing independent presses in the US. He got two titles simultaneously on the New York Times children's bestseller list and a #1 spot for Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Audrey Colman. Other successful launch campaigns include the critically acclaimed The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner, Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda by Amy Wallace, and When the Game Stands Tall: The De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak by Neil Hayes.

A veteran industry columnist for Comics and Games Retailer magazine and entertainment reviewer Comics Buyer's Guide, Chin has been called a "comics expert" by the San Jose Mercury News. He has contributed to the publications The San Francisco Call, Street Sheet, Asian Week, and the New Mission News. 9 of 1: A Window to the World is his first graphic novel.

His second book, The Tao of Yao: Insights from Basketball's Brightest Big Man explores the fascinating connection and relevance between the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism and the modern cultural phenomenon Yao Ming. Active in the Harvard Club of San Francisco, Oliver lives in San Francisco, Ca with his wife and son.


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