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.

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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

    Peter,

    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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