China: Olympic blog shutdown continues

One of China's oldest blog service providers, Sohoxiaobao, has been kept shut down for a week already and looks to stay that way until the Beijing Olympics wrap up in late August.


  • Rupert Tsang

    One aspect of the 2008 Games in Beijing that sends me shivers is how the Communist Party in China promotes it to there own people. When I was last in Beijing just a few months ago and was wondering around the city and looking at the slogans and posters is a bit scary. When I got back to HK I looked into the style used and the words used. What I found is many of the slogans and poster designs were very close to ones used in Germany lead up to the Berlin Games in 1936 under the Nazis. Personally I find this scary! Nationalism is dangerous, but the kind of nationalism that is promoted in the PRC is just frightening. I’m originally born in China and left in 2000. And now I know why.

  • Gerri

    I was appalled by the reaction to the American cyclists wearing facemasks. These people have spent their entire lives training for one event. If their lung capacity is affected by the quality of air in Beijing – and I mean no insult to China when I say that the air in Beijing, as in many major cities, is filthy – then they are only exercising common sense. I understand that much of what occurs in the Olympics is an issue of international political importance (go here for 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics ebooks, which include books about the role the Olympics have played in world politics). However, the Chinese government – and all governments – should work on cleaning up polluted cities rather than taking umbrage at athletes protecting themselves from the pollution.

  • so_dame_lame

    Yo Rupert,

    If you were born in China, why don’t you use your given name. Think about it!

  • jankovic

    Wow Rupert You sounds like Typical RUNNING DOG to me!

    By the way since you seemed to claim as if you have gone smarter, by any chance do you understand DUBYA

  • jankovic

    Hi Gerri, do not try to spin the real issue here. The western media has bombarder china with so much BS that one can only wonder how the chinese who actually live in beijing can breathe under those kind of air condition that has been potrayed by the media.

    the truth is, the air is not AS BAD as the media has potrayed and that’s why the athlete appolagises.

    The ozone layer in australia is so thin everyonew that lives there should all be ridden of skin cancer.

    Get a live!

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