Originally Posted by vinea
I've seen some big asians.
I have too, but I've been to China, Korea, and Japan, and I also live in a very asian part of the USA. I've also been to various points in Northern Europe, the American south, midwest, etc. I'm 80 kgs / 186 cm (175 lbs, 6-1). I feel about normal among american whites and blacks on the coasts. In the midwest and south, I feel small. In Northern Europe, I feel even smaller. I've never been to sub saharan Africa, but we all know they come very tall there, too. In the far east I feel like a giant -- almost a freak.
The fact is this: for east asians, the bell curve is shifted to the left when it comes to size. To deny this is to deny reality. For most important elements of 21st century life (e.g. resource conservation), this is probably beneficial, but for strength sports it is not. I would guess one-third of the world is ethnically some form of east asian -- possibly a bit more. Maybe one-sixth is "white" and another one-sixth is "black." So it doesn't appear that the large Chinese population is anywhere near enough to overcome the extreme non-linearity of gaussian distribution. At this point, asian strength athletes are anomalies and exceptions. Sure, we can name a few, but how many hundreds more black strength athletes can we name?
Of course, this isn't really going to matter because, inevitably, China will become a soccer nation. Sports like US football are too inaccessible to low income populations. Soccer and baseball are hard to beat in accessibility. Everybody is trying to push their league into the Chinese market: NFL, MLB, NBA, EPL, UEFA... the list goes on. But when you start to look at the viewership numbers, nobody is holding a candle to the EPL.