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Olympic Games With Chinese Tendencies


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If you havent heard by now, China will host the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The country has been working for the last 10 years to get the games believing that the international spectacle will give China the prestige it rightly deserves on the world stage.

I was in Beijing in April 1993, just a few days after the Olympic Committee had been in the city to review Chinas bid for the 2000 Olympics.

In fact, we rode into the city from the airport on the same freeway that had been unveiled specially so that International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranchs motorcade could be the first to ride on its surface.

Our taxi was also the only vehicle on the road the day I arrived. At the time I imagined that the government had yet to give the official edict to the masses that it was alright to use it. It was an eerie feeling, all this road and no traffic.

The billboards and banners were still up in English.

A MORE OPEN CHINA AWAITS THE 2000 OLYM-PICS read one huge banner near the Ring Road.

My initial reaction to this was that something might have been lost in the translation from the Chinese. But I took the view that the banner was living proof that things had been less than open in the Middle Kingdom until that point in time.

The spectre of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989 still hung over the city and the vision of the Peoples Liberation Army storming unarmed students was still too vivid a memory for the rest of the world to forget. Consequently, Sydney was awarded the 2000 games. To add insult to injury, the British Olympic Committee cast the deciding vote for Sydney, which didnt go unnoticed by the Chinese.

First the British started the Opium Wars, took Hong Kong as war reparations, and now, nearly 100 years later was preventing China its rightful due on the world stage.

China took revenge in the following months when a few major infrastructural contracts with British firms were unceremoniously cancelled.

The debate about whether China should get the 2008 games revolved around two competing concepts: award China the games so as to encourage an opening up of the country; or, do not award China the games because of their past record on human rights.

In this instance, the Olympic Committee chose the reward carrot over the punishment stick.

This whole argument has been lost on most Chinese people, who ar .....
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Does anyone remember the phrase, Lets Keep America Beautiful or how about Dont be a Litter Bug? Maybe these slogans date me, but I can remember when there was an emphasis placed on not litte ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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Gladys Judith Swain

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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Ronald Thorson

Tue, Jul 24th, 2001
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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

Ronald was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Decorah to Levi and Esther (Rotvold) Thorson. He graduated ..... 
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