This weekend, hundreds of guys scrambled across the sizzling blacktop playing the distinctive nine-man style of volleyball traditionally popular in Chinatowns across the country. The court is wider, the net is lower and players can pretty much do anything to get the ball to the other side. When I took a break playing in the traditional six-woman games in the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament to watch the men, I thought the matches were unpredictable and exciting. I love that the game traces its American roots to Chinese laundry workers in the 1930s and that one of its purposes now is to bring young suburban Chinese Americans into the heart of Chinatown. (It worked on me!) While I had a great time playing in the tournament, I did feel a little weird about the rules that two-thirds of the players on the court must be of “100% Chinese” descent and the other players must be Asian. Can they make rules like that?