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China Outlaws Lip-synching after Olympics Row

In response to the furor over the Olympics lip-synching incident, China is set to ban the practice of pantomiming to songs. From Telegraph: Now, the Ministry of Culture plans to name and shame performers caught lip-synching....

China Says Paperwork Error Led To Cheat Claim

From the Canberra Times: Earlier yesterday, China's deputy sports minister blamed an ''administrative error'' for the confusion surrounding the age of He Kexin. Cui Dalin told a press conference that officials transferred He...

Sam Eifling: China’s Potemkin Olympics

Editor, reporter Sam Eifling writes in the Columbia Journalism Review: The swell of sour press about the Olympics may have begun with a couple of crooked teeth. It was clear to anyone who’d ever watched a person sing while...

Lip-synching? Let’s Pretend It Didn’t Happen

Joel Martinsen writes in the Danwei blog: The Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based organization whose biggest claim to fame is its dubious pursuit of the millionth word in the English language (they're up to 996,341 right...

IOC Launches Probe into He Kexin’s Age (Updated)

Following their previous report on a hacker who found more evidence of gymnast He Kexin's real age, the Times is now reporting: An IOC official told The Times that because of "discrepancies" that have come to light about the age...

Hack the Olympics! (Updated)

American blogger Stryde writes in his blog: There's been some widely publicized controversy regarding the competition age of the Chinese women's gymnastics team recently. Rather than be too CNN, I decided to take a page from my...

Xu Xing: Apology for No Reason

Beijing-based writer Xu Xing (徐星) wrote the following post on his Xintianyou blog, translated by CDT: I had coffee with two foreign colleagues. We naturally talked about the Olympics. They asked me, with smiles on their faces,...

BOCOG: “I Do Not Think There Was Any Wrongdoing”

Beijing-based legal scholar Xu Zhiyong (许志永) writes on his blog, translated by CDT: Seven-year-old Yang Peiyi sang a lovely song for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. However, audiences all over the world...

Chinese Children in Ethnic Costume

From The Wall Street Journal: In the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, a procession of children bore a large Chinese flag into the Bird's Nest stadium, each child wearing a costume representing one of China's ethnic minorities....

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