China’s tough times in print

Matt | News About China,Olympics 08-08-08 | Monday, May 19th, 2008

The other day I was having a class where we talked about TV news reports. I planned to start with a brainstorm about news stories about the main questions that all news stories answer: who, what, where, when, why and how? So when I asked the class about some big news events recently, the obvious one was the Earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan. I tried to move the topic away from that as it is still an emotional event that is ongoing. So, I tried getting other topics,

  • The earthquake
  • The torch relay controversies – I heart China, no heart France.
  • The March14th riots in Tibet (picture the Quebec referendum)
  • The snowstorm (picture the Ice storm that hit Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto back in ’97)
  • Inflation of 8% (food +20%)

All of these emotional events have taken place in the past 6 months. Talk about stretching one emotional, physically and spiritually. I don’t know how a country like Canada would handle this as well as the stress of putting on the Olympics (which Toronto would have had if Beijing didn’t get it.)
China, and the Chinese people, have been hit by a one hurdle after another and all have been quite visible. I don’t really know why I’m writing this except that I was shocked and impressed by how resilient the people and country have been. It is an emotional time now. While I don’t agree with everything and am sick of seeing certain things on the news repeatedly, I do hope that the Olympics in Beijing turn out to the best ever – China deserves it.

Usually, I don’t watch the opening ceremonies as I find them too long, theatrical and boring, but this time I will watch. Actually, I can hardly wait. I honestly believe this will be the most impressive and exciting opening ceremonies ever. Personally, I think the opening and closing ceremonies will be breathtaking. I cannot wait.

I hope China gets some good news their way and an exciting Olympics will do that. I cannot wait for 8-8-08 to come.

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