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Bryant Promotes Chinese in CA Self in China
BELL GARDENS, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is renowned for carefully executed game plans that tilt the score in his favor. So it seems fitting that he would develop an affinity for a country that is doing much the same thing on the geopolitical stage.

Bryant is taking that affection for China, and its goodwill toward him, to cast himself as a bridge between East and West through a campaign of philanthropic contributions, promotional activities and cross-cultural exchanges.

His charitable foundation helps fund an after-school initiative that includes Mandarin language lessons, Chinese cooking courses and martial arts classes. It's part of a program called After-School All-Stars, which provides extra academic support to underserved schools.

Bryant said Monday that learning about a foreign country's language and culture can help broaden the youngsters' horizons.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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