The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), has just issued new Olympic venue rules. From the Xinhua News Network: Banners, such as those saying “Go China,” will not be allowed in Olympic venues....
by Sophia Cao | Jan 11, 2008
Some young Chinese women are preparing to become Olympic hostesses who present the medals. These photos show how they are trained in an etiquette school: – Read also Lessons in How to Smile for China’s Olympic...
by Kate Zhao | Jan 10, 2008
From The Times: Organisers lifted the curtain briefly yesterday on one aspect of the summer Games, many of which still remain shrouded in secrecy. They showed off one of the schools where young women were training to become one of only about 380 to carry the medals. A group of 32 girls, mostly in their […]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 9, 2007
In the International Herald Tribune, Howard French calls for an eradication of “Laowai” catcalls as part of the campaign to encourage a “civilized” populace in time for the Olympics: This is China’s coming out party, and, as countless others will note in due course, the equivalent of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, when Japan announced […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 23, 2007
Author Ross Terrill discusses the government’s efforts to present a happy face (which speaks good English) for the Olympics and argues for depoliticization of the 2008 Games: The penalty for “Chinglish” is usually humiliation, not incarceration. Still, citizens are asked to snitch, Mao-era style, on people who shame China with their shaky English. An outfit […]
by Sophia Cao | Apr 16, 2007
From The New York Times: For all the expectations and civic pride that Beijing has attached to being the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the event is a source of civic anxiety, too. What if traffic is terrible? What if the weather is bad? These are worries for any host city, but Beijing also […]
by Michael Zhao | Feb 9, 2007
From Wall Street Journal (photo: a “Don’t Spit” campaign during SARS, via wsj.com): On the streets of the country’s capital, spitting — often complete with loud throat-clearing, gurgling and an arc of phlegm — is a frequent occurrence. The deeply ingrained habit is found among young and old and crosses class lines. Now Chinese officials […]
by Sophie Beach | Mar 2, 2006
From Spiegel Online (link): Hosting the Olympics means doing a lot more than building a few stadiums, as Beijing is finding out. On Wednesday the Chinese authorities launched a campaign to clean up the way people in the city behave. One of the biggest challenges is to ban public spitting. In preparation for the 2008 […]
by Xiao Qiang | Feb 10, 2006
From USATODAY.com: Iconic Olympic venues are sprouting all over the Chinese capital. The national stadium is being woven in concrete and steel to resemble a bird’s nest. The “water cube” swimming center will soon be a giant box of blue bubbles. Communist planners are making China’s dowdy, gray capital beautiful for the 2008 Summer Games. […]
by Sophie Beach | Sep 17, 2005
From the Los Angeles Times: Even Miss Manners might blanch at the task at hand: charm school for a billion people, a good number of them convinced that life means never having to say you’re sorry, excuse me or thank you. This is no tutorial on fish forks. In advance of the 2008 Olympics, the […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 13, 2005
From the IHT: China is planning to ban smoking at all venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, signaling an official determination to address a mounting public health crisis in a country of 360 million smokers.
CDT in the News
- The Philadelphia Inquirer – China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers
- Mind Matters – For Five Days There Was Free Expression in China
- Hoover Institution – Xiao Qiang On China’s Model Of Digital Authoritarianism
- New York Times – In China, an App Offered Space for Debate. Then the Censors Came.
- Taiwan CNA – China blocks Clubhouse, official media say “anti-China has nothing to do with free speech”