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Beijing Olympics: ‘Ethnic’ children revealed as fakes in opening ceremony

16 Aug

Beijing Olympics: ‘Ethnic’ children revealed as fakes in opening ceremony – Telegraph. Now that we are shocked by this…

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…and the fake firework footprints and the lip synching little girl, let’s all pause and consider…

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…and…

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…and dressing kiddies up as ethnic minorities…

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…shocking!

No fakery among us, eh!

The Opening Ceremony was an outrageously extravagant show when all is said and done, put together by a great movie director, Zhang Yimou. Now we may well question the extravagance, and have no doubt about the propaganda purpose of the whole thing. On the other hand, the 5,000 years of tradition we saw displayed so proudly and so brilliantly is no fake, and that we do well to recall.

We would never orchestrate “reality” for the TV, would we? Make sure you visit the site linked to the following…

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Of course, the contrived passage of the Olympic Torch through a sanitised, cordoned off, and beaten down Lhasa was, no doubt, an obscenity…

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2008 in Asian, Chinese and China, Olympics 2008, weirdness

 

4 responses to “Beijing Olympics: ‘Ethnic’ children revealed as fakes in opening ceremony

  1. Antony Shen

    August 21, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    The Opening Ceremony was an outrageously extravagant show when all is said and done, put together by a great movie director, Zhang Yimou. Now we may well question the extravagance, and have no doubt about the propaganda purpose of the whole thing.

    China, a country being looked down for hundreds of years by the white westerns finally had a chance to showcase the country to the world. A country’s internal policy being unnecessarily scrutinised by the white western countries. It was not just China’s stage, but also their first major showcase to the world. It was a ceremony they could perform and being broadcast to the world without (or very little) tinted glasses by the western media.

    I fail to understand the need of calling China’s first important stage show ‘outrageously extravagant’ and labelling the story China wants to say with a derogatory word ‘propaganda’.

     
  2. Neil

    August 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Propaganda simply means that the whole thing was meant to convey a picture that would give a good impression of the Chinese government and make us forget, if possible, other aspects of their regime. It might be said that all Olympic opening ceremonies are propaganda for the host country of course.

    You don’t seem to have noticed that I actually thought it was very good, and this post was mainly making fun of some of those who have tried to reduce how good it was by drawing attention to such things as the minority children actually not being minority children.

    All opening ceremonies are outrageously expensive, and have been becomng more so in recent years. There are those who have said this might be the last one to be so expensive.

    I did say there was nothing “fake” about the 5,000 years of tradition portrayed.

    Antony, what makes you think I am anti-Chinese? Since you actually know me, I find that even stranger…

    I can’t write much more as I am off to Chinatown now to help a few Chinese — from HK and Shanghai to be exact — with their school work.

    How come you as a Taiwan person are so naive about Beijing??

    BACK HOME NOW

    Not meaning to be rude in that last remark, but it does puzzle me, as if ever any group would know about the very mixed record of the PRC government it is the Taiwanese. I freely acknowledge the positive changes in the past twenty years, and the amazing achievements of the Chinese people. I have also had a keen interest in Chinese history and culture since studying — and coming first in — Asian History at Sydney U in 1962, writing an essay, I recall, on the fascinating Sian Incident — as we called it then pre-Pinyin — when the Communists virtually kidnapped Chiang Kai-Shek.

    On the down side, see these estimates of the Chinese lives lost as a result of the Chinese Revolution and the years since. The conservative estimate is FORTY MILLION.

    Do look too at all I have said — pro and con — on the 2008 Olympics. I haven’t made it a major point though. Other things have been on my mind here, but I have been interested.

     
  3. Antony Shen

    August 21, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    My previous comment wasn’t meant to direct to you, and I apologise for misunderstanding. And for the record, I know that you are not anti-Chinese.

    I can say that I am political-insensitive.
    On the Sian Incident or Xian Incident part, I have to say that the story I studied is likely to be biased, or with propaganda purpose of something.

    The word ‘propaganda’ by definition is derogatory. There’s the definition from New Oxford Dictionary:
    “DEROGATORY information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

     
  4. Neil

    August 21, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Granting that “propaganda” is usually misleading — we might say “public relations” otherwise — the PRC government has quite clearly used the Olympics for propaganda purposes. The phony “protest parks” are just one example. The PRC government are masters of propaganda.

    That doesn’t change the fact that in very many ways they have done an excellent job with the Olympics. As a show, which it was, the Opening Ceremony was the best I have seen, including Sydney — which I’d rate #2 now. Sydney may have been more fun though…

    In my other posts you will note I quote Nicholas Jose, whom M has known for over twenty years both in China and here in Australia, Geremie Barme, and Linda Jaivan. All of them have lived in China, Geremie for many years including during the Cultural Revolution. All of them are Mandarin speakers and readers. They know the Chinese government and its workings extremely well. Reread what they had to say. I should also add that I have met all three of them.

    The Xian incident — and I can imagine the Taiwanese version would be different to the Chinese — is a marvellous story though. Not many Westerners even know about it. Someone should make a movie of it, if it hasn’t already been done.

     
 
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