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On assignment for Amnesty International, out former NBA player John Amaechi and out photographer Jeff Sheng report from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

When former NBA star John Amaechi, who was raised in England, accepted assignments from Amnesty International (where he serves as a spokesperson) and the BBC (where he provides basketball commentary) to cover the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he knew exactly who he wanted as a travelling companion. His friend Jeff Sheng is ethnically Chinese, fluent in the language, and has spent more than a year living and traveling mainland China as a foreign exchange student and frequent visitor. Sheng is also something of a wunderkind. At 27 his arresting photographs have appeared in more than 20 exhibits across the country, including at Yale University and as part of "LA25," a select group of diverse artists showing October 8 to November 16 at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Hollywood. And he's a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

What resulted was a series of photographs, which we've excerpted here, as well as daily musings on life in China, the Olympic Games, and anything else that comes to mind. For a full account go to beijinglegacyblog.com.

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