Picture from The Year of the Yao
Overall A-

The Year of The Yao is a documentary following the transformation rookie basketball player Yao Ming from Chinese sports hero to American superstar.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A
Profanity B
Substance Use B+

Talk to your kids about…

The Year of the Yao

Professional athletes are often elevated to celebrity status. How does this affect the sport, the players and the fans? What is the difference between a celebrity and a hero? Can a person be both?

NBA Commissioner David Stern has been credited with saving the NBA by upping the entertainment aspect of the game and making media icons of the players. What evidence can you see of that action? Why would the NBA choose to tell this story?

How does Yao Ming deal with the pressure of performing? What responsibility does he feel to his fellow countrymen? In what ways does he affect those he meets in America?