It's not a news flash to say that relations between United States and China haven't been great in recent years, given the trade war between the countries, China's ascension on the world scene, China's poor human rights record and arguments over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Against the backdrop of China-United States relations, the play "The Great Leap," a sharp and funny basketball story set in the 1980s with a cultural and political theme, will be staged in Portland Jan. 19 to Feb. 13, and director Zi Alikhan believe it's an opportunity for people of all ethnicities to think about differences among each other.