Started in 1987, The New York Mini was inspired by the game of 9-man volleyball – a game that originated in China in the 1920’s when American missionaries introduced the variant in Tai-Shan.
Throughout the period of The Chinese Exclusion Act , Chinese-American communities began to play in fellowship tournaments. As the laws against immigration and naturalization continued to isolate Chinese Americans, these tournaments united the Chinatown community to bond and forge friendships.
Since that time, even as gentrification gradually shifted Chinese Americans away from Chinatown communities, the game became increasingly popularized within the Asian American volleyball communities across North America.
Today, the New York Mini represents the tradition and heritage that has been passed down from generation to generation and is a opportunity for Asian-Americans to celebrate their heritage and build friendships across the major Asian communities on the East Coast through volleyball.
*The tournament is hosted by the New York Strangers Sports Organization*
2016 New York Mini Tournament Info:
Date: July 16th – 17th, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm both days
Location: Seward Park | 192 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Cross streets (Essex St. and Hester St.)