Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Asian History - China Olympics

I think that is obligatory to have at least one post on the Olympics... So I considered a piece on National Pride or the perceived injustices. But that might just be a little too cliched...

I can't let the opportunity go by to commiserate with Oenone on her Road Race and wish her the best in the Time Trial today. But really, I think I need to comment on the Opening Ceremony. What a fantasticly rich series of metaphors to depict a 5000 year history.

The easy line might be to criticise the closed media or ridicule the one-eyed bias of the show. But instead I will honestly own up to not knowing enough about Asian history and I consider this the motivation to learn more

2 comments:

misssandy said...

This may be of interest in your quest for understanding http://www.abc.net.au/rn/rearvision/stories/2008/2200921.htm
The audio file is no longer available but the full transcript is there.

Iain said...

Also try http://www.abc.net.au/rn/saturdayextra/stories/2008/2329401.htm from last weekend's Saturday Extra on Radio National. Some interesting comments. At time of commment, audio is still avail and should be for another few weeks.