Beijing Olympics 2008

Word of the Week: Iliopsoas

The Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by...

China’s Resistance Art Beyond Ai Weiwei

Oiwan Lam at Global Voices Online looks at Chinese art-activist Li Ning and his art group, the Body Art Guerrilla Group, Made-in-J Town. Their work examines forced demolition in Shandong, opposes fees for selecting schools, and...

Beijing’s Olympic Ruins

Four years later, most of the sports facilities built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics have remained untouched since the extravagant closing ceremony. The Water Cube, the main stadium for aquatics during the Olympics, is now...

Life On The Outside

On Monday, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos linked back to a 2007 article in the magazine by Jianying Zha. This described her brother’s nine-year detention for subversion and, in Osnos’ words, “remains the...

After the Summer Olympics, Empty Shells in Beijing

A year and a half after the Olympics in Beijing, the impressive structures built for the event are left without a purpose. From the New York Times: In 2008, the Chinese built a ball field — boy, what a ball field — known...

China Relishes Olympics Legacy

On the one year anniversary of the opening of the Olympics in Beijing, journalists are reflecting on the legacy of the Games for Beijing and for China. From the Christian Science Monitor: One year after Beijing hosted the Summer...

Michael Meyer: One World, One Dream One Year Later

“By many measures the 2008 Olympics were a smashing success, but for the people of Beijing, the Games have left a mixed legacy” From Beijing’s Olympic legacy doesn’t compare with that of Seoul,...

Detained Activist’s Kafkaesque Nightmare

Der Spiegel revisits the case of legal activist Ji Sizun, who was detained during the Olympics a year ago after applying to stage a protest in the government-established “protest parks,” and the lawyer, Liu, who is...

Detentions Illustrate Limits of Free Speech in China

In the run-up to the Olympic Games in Beijing a year ago, there was much talk that playing host to the Games would force China to become more open and respectful of human rights, especially freedom of expression. Yet, as the New...

Study: Beijing’s Air Worse Than At Past Olympics

From AP: Beijing’s notoriously dirty air was cleaner during last summer’s Olympic games, but pollution levels were still much worse than at recent Olympics, despite a massive Chinese cleanup campaign, a new report...

Beijing Claims Profit On Olympic Hosting

From AP: Beijing Olympic organizers say they made a profit out of hosting last year’s Summer Games. According to figures released Friday by the government audit bureau, $2.8 billion was spent on organizing and staging the...

Beijing’s Olympic Building Boom Becomes a Bust

From the LA Times: The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics reported this month that housing sales in the city dropped 40% last year. Chinese economists have predicted that housing prices will drop 15% to 20% in Beijing this...



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