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In the New Yorker, Peter Hessler reports on the Olympics as viewed from the village of Sancha, 90 minutes outside Beijing, where he has rented a house for several years: For China, 2008 had been the most traumatic year since...

The “Olympics Diary” of a Tibetan

The following diary was originally posted in Chinese and provides a glimpse into life in a remote Tibetan area as the Olympics were being celebrated in Beijing: The “Olympics Diary” of a Tibetan By Tashibod Today is Tuesday,...

China’s ‘Socialist Family’ Sacrifices

The Washington Post looks at where all those resources used in Beijing for the Olympics came from: Beijing’s gleaming new sports stadiums, efficient subway lines and legions of smiling volunteers are a testament to the...

The Games Began. Hearts Swelled.

In the New York Times, Edward Wong looks at the various manifestations of patriotism he has encountered while living in China: In the three months I’ve been working in this country, I’ve come to realize how complicated Chinese...

Is Beijing Ready for the Olympics?

Li Zhiqi (李志起 ), a Beijing businessman and blogger writes on his blog, partially translated by CDT: On my way back to home the day before yesterday, I saw fireworks in the sky above the Olympics Village. It was the rehearsal for...

Chinese Grumble About the Olympics, But Quietly

Anita Chang reports in AP, via kansascity.com: From the desktop computer at the foot of his bed, Zhang Heng dares to complain about the Beijing Olympics. The 24-year-old blogger tells of having to sign a “civilized...

As the Olympics Draw Closer, I Drift Farther Away

Amid all the official media buzz about the excitement of the Olympics enthusiasts, there have been increasing complaints and criticisms about the Olympics preparations from Chinese netizens. The most telling indicator of such...

The Olympic Dream: A Sci-Fi Short Story

The following “Sci-Fi” short story has been (re)posted in many Chinese online forums and blogs, originally from SCI-FI Great Wall blog, translated by CDT’s Linjun Fan. July is the hottest month of the year in...

The No-Show Torch

Chinese reporter Guan Jun has written a story about how the city of Benxi spent tens of millions of yuan and harassed local residents in an effort to welcome the Olympic Torch, only to find out that the relay route had been...

Hu Fayun: A Never Delivered MP3 Player

Wuhan-based writer Hu Fayun (胡发云) published the following essay on his blog, translated by M. J.: The Sichuan earthquake, in the first few days there was only talk of Wenchuan, Beichuan, only learned after a few days that...

Netizen: Random Thoughts on the Olympics

The following text was posted by Chunaqinglaowei (纯情老卫) in a popular China-based social networking site Douban.com, but the original author is unknown. Thanks to M.J. for the translation: (It is inconvenient for the author to...

Torch Has Made Beijing Blind: Artist

On a visit to Australia, artist and co-designer of the Bird’s Nest Oympics stadium Ai Weiwei speaks out against the government. From the Australian: “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist, I see them as a...

After All, Spielberg is Not Zhang Yimou.

After Steven Spielberg withdrew as artistic director for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, it is not surprising to read angry words towards him in the Chinese press, both on- and off-line. But are there other Chinese who think...

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