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May 30, 2010

Filipino Hoop Dreams

When he spent three years in the Philippines, writer Rafe Bartholomew found a basketball-mad nation in which the sport is deeply enmeshed in culture and politics.

Justin Adler

Rafe Bartholomew weaves his way through the bustling Filipino restaurant Café 81 in New York's East Village. His fair skin, blonde hair, and 10-inch height advantage over every other restaurant patron leave him with no chance at blending in. Yet Bartholomew is at home in Café 81, as he seems to have found the perfect balance between his youth, spent in Lower Manhattan; and the Philippines, his adopted home for three years.

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