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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2005 - Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/9060.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2005 - Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/9125/show/9060

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Title Houstonian 2005
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Story by Jim Parsons and Mark Smith Houston Rockets center Yao Ming strengthened his ties to Houston by establishing a restaurant, and sharing the cuisine of his homeland. ao Ming has made his mark on the NBA and Houston basketball. In 2005, he lent his name and time to a local restaurant and made a new mark on Houston culture. Yao Restaurant and Bar, 9755 Westheimer Road, opened in February and is outfitted to handle the tallest NBA star. The doorways are 10 feet tall, and the chairs in the VIP section are designed to fit Yao's 7-foot-5-inch frame. The restaurant is owned by Yao's parents, Yao Zhiyuan and Fang Fengdi, who live in Katy. The menu offers contemporary Chinese dishes created by chef George Phou as well as Yao's favorite home cooking — including slow-simmered chicken soup with shiitake mushrooms. Yao garnered attention his rookie season for his distaste for American food and love of Chinese cuisine like chicken feet. Overall, the restaurant seats 440 people and features a sports bar with three 70-inch televisions. The oversized proportions don't bother Yao's parents, both of whom were professional basketball players in China. His mother, a former captain of the Chinese national team, is 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and his father is 6 feet, 7 inches. Both make regular trips to the restaurant and Yao's games at the Toyota Center. The restaurant came to life on the Houston landscape as Yao and his parents premiered a feature film about their first year in the United States. The Year of the Yao chronicled Yao's first tour of NBA cities and his introduction to American culture. In the film, he struggles to develop a taste for American food and acquire the proper ingredients for traditional Chinese dishes. He also jokes about the differences between the Chinese food he finds in American restaurants and the food he grew accustomed to at home. The winter and spring of 2005 proved a busy time for Yao as his Rockets surged to a five seed in the Western Conference playoff brackets and an intense seven-game matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Yao played well on the heels of his third Ail-Star selection. He averaged close to 19 points and nine rebounds in 2004-05, and lacked only the stamina to cast himself into the elite statistical territory of the West's top big men Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. A Rocket playoff push, and no doubt bulk advertising, helped Yao's restaurant to a healthy start. Yao spent most of the summer in China. The Rockets have been predicted by many to compete for a Western Conference title in 2005-06. Houstonians hope to host playoff parties at Yao's restaurant well into June next season. 192