From Down Home to Beijing – Obama Gives NC Made Go Board to Chinese President Hu

Our local master go player and master carpenter, Frank Salantire, was tapped by the Obama administration to make a go board from special Hawaiian koa wood, which was presented to President Hu of China this week.

This all was done in less than a week. Frank was asked to do this because the president of the American Go Association remembered what a fine job he did making a unique go board in the shape of North Carolina for our 2006 Go congress.

And as you can see, it made the news in China.

14 Responses to “From Down Home to Beijing – Obama Gives NC Made Go Board to Chinese President Hu”

  1. 1 paul November 21, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Awesome photographs.

    The next evolution in Ping-pong diplomacy.

  2. 2 Peter November 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks much. Spread the word!

  3. 3 Ingrid November 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    It’s so nice to see Go get this kind of political attention – many thanks for the photos!

  4. 4 Jasen November 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

    what I want to know is how they got the listening device inside πŸ™‚

  5. 5 isokinetix November 25, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Great photos! Thanks for posting them!

  6. 6 Todd December 1, 2009 at 10:11 am

    cool stuff. think Obama tried it out?

  7. 8 θŽ²θŠ±η”Ÿ December 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Nice to see see

  8. 10 David December 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm


    Looks like great review to complement a great show. Blue Greenberg is clearly a most discerning critic. Bravo!

  9. 11 fotorocket December 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Yes, I was happy with the review. She has been favorable to me in the past. Thank you!

  10. 12 YayForGo April 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Beautifully designed, I’ve been dying to see what the board looked like.

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