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T+12 – Opening Ceremonies

8:00 – Liveblogging ACTIVATE. Set phasers to MAXIMUM SNARK!

Boy, Jiang Zemin looks old.

Sweet-ass fireworks at the beginning.

Flying apsaras escorting an Olympic logo. Well, that’s tacky, but if that’s the worst of it then —

Hey, time for the singing minority children gathered around the Chinese flag. For fuck’s sake.

And now it’s time for the friendly soldiers to take the flag from them. Boy, is this ever a Zhang Yimou production or what.

8:14 – Paper unrolling to serve as a stage. Yes, you guys invented paper. Very nice. I guess the next time the US hosts the Olympics we’ll decorate our opening ceremonies with everything invented in the last century.

8:16 – OK, the ‘ink dancers’ (as CCTV is calling them) are pretty cool They’re writhing over the paper stage – looks ilke they’re doing breakdance grinds – while painting some kind of composite picture. Whatever it is is not currently visible.

8:19 – It’s a crappy doodle of a mountain range and a squiggly sun.

8:20 – “Chinese characters are one of the most ancient writing systems in the world.” “3000 Confucian disciples” chanting Confucius’ Greatest Hits: 三人行必有我师 (“Of three people walking, there must be one I can learn from”); 知者不言, 言者不知 (“He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know”) (which is actually 老子 Lao-Tzu, not Confucius); 学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆 (“Learning without thought is wasted; thought without learning is dangerous”.)

8:22 - They’re pretending to be printing blocks, having just jumped from the Warring States to the Song dynasty.

8:23 – And now a seal script 和 (the first part of 和平 peace and 和谐 harmony).

8:23 – Except that’s not the usual form of 和 in seal script, if I recall correctly.

8:25 – And now the modern form. Showcasing the ancient belief of the Chinese race in harmony, sez CCTV drone.

8:27 – Time for Peking Opera. Because if there’s anything with international appeal, it’s drums, gongs, and caterwauling transvestites.

8:28 – I’d like to take advantage of this long stretch of boringness to note that the CCTV 5 announcers suck. The standard constant autofellatio: “Hey, look! Peking Opera! Foreigners never invented that!” “Did we mention we invented paper?”

8:30 – Silk Road time. Floozies in sequined hoochie gear with long silk streamers. Yes plz.

8:35 – Friend 1: “What is this, a caterpillar?”

8:35 – Li: “I have had more than enough of this now.”

8:37 – The bit with the Kunqu opera is pretty cool. And the painting in this section is way better.

8:37 – IM from my dad in the States:

Dad: NBC screwed us–I hung around to watch it and they have some twit reporters burbling in Kindergarten English about ancient Chinese culture and what you shouldn’t wear etiquette wise
» Green hat
Me: Oh for fuck’s sake.
» Yeah, that’s like you should never ever include the number 13 in anything in America.
» Or buy a black cat.
Dad: And don’t give a clock as a business gift
Me:Do they have the one about how you never split a pear?
Dad: etc
Me: It’s amazing – there’s a whole cottage industry in reporting this stuff as valuable business advice.

8:42 – CCTV Announcer: “The program we just saw described the ancient splendor of China. Now we’ll start to learn more about the splendor of today’s China.” Yeeeees? The next batch of dancers will represent cheap, nonunion labor?

8:43 – Lang Lang and a midget. Or possibly a child.

8:46 – Horrible rainbow dancers gone; now there’s a pretty cool dance that looks like a galaxy from above. This is awesome, except that given that all of them are swirling inwards and converging on a central point, they could just as easily be representing the death of a star system at the hands of a black hole.

8:46 – Oh – they turn into a dove. It’s flapping its wings. This is pretty cool.

8:48 And now it’s turned into a replica of the Bird’s Nest. (“A green Bird’s Nest for the green Olympics!” and “a harmonious vista,” as the CCTV announcer is enthusing. Now there’s a girl with a kite flying over the whole thing on wires. This is blowing my mind.

8:50: Kung fu! Maybe this time, unlike with Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Zhang Yimou won’t fuck it up!

8:51 Actually this is pretty cool. The girl’s doing taiji in the middle of a bunch of screens with organic patterns being broadcast — water, bamboo, fire. Now there’s a massive projected waterfall all around the edges of the stadium. Very cool.

8:54 – A bunch of children wearing backpacks painting on that piece of paper while a bunch of people do athletic kung-fu practice moves around them.

8:56 – Anyone think these performances are going to do anything to assuage ‘yellow hordes’-type fears in the west?

8:57 – Birds “representing our green family” fly up, projected, onto the screen around the rim. Children rejoice. They sure like those birds.

8:59 – Section: ‘Dreams.’ Massive projection of the cosmos on the ground, astronauts in fake zero-g flying over it. Funny, because I have this dream too. Usually involving meeting hot alien chicks and teaching them how to love.

9:01 –  And now the Earth emerges from the ground, with people circling it at all levels and in all orientations, so that it looks like they’re really walking on its surface. This is pretty cool wirework.

9:02 – Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman. Can’t tell if she’s supposed to be singing in Chinese or not. Kill me now plz thx.

9:03 – I heard her sing “you and me,” so she’s either singing English or Mandopop.

9:04 – People open umbrellas with different faces printed on them. CCTV announcer: “No matter your country, no matter your language, a smile is the best form of expression.” More fireworks.

9:06 – More fireworks. Song is over and it’s time to light this bitch up. Putin is in the audience, applauding and looking lifeless. I wonder if that’s what happens when they remove your soul.

9:07 – CCTV announcer: “And now the 56 minorities will sing and dance to welcome the Olympics.” Dancers in traditional dress with streamers.

9:09 – Time for the athletes. Weird ting about all of the stadium announcements: they’re in French, then English, then Chinese. Greece comes first as the inventors of the Olympics (Zhang Yimou couldn’t work in a dance for that one); after that they athletes will come in order of the number of strokes in their names.

9:11 – Jiang Zemin is smiling. MUST WASH EYEBALLS. Is it me or does he look like a slimmed-down Jabba the Hutt?

9:11 – @davesgonechina: Hey look, the Uyghur performers are doing the traditional grenade making dance.

9:12 – @kaiserkuo: Long camera hold on Xi Jinping confirms his anointment as next president? Good! I like that dude.

9:22 – OK, lots of athletes. This is boring as hell and will go on for a couple hours. Expected something when Japan and ‘Chinese Taibei’ came out, but nothing other than a loud cheer for the Taiwanese athletes. I’m done – time to go out and find a place to watch the fireworks that are scheduled for 11;30.

9:45 – Dashan! I told Chinese friends he’d be there and they didn’t believe me. Ha ha ha! Like Chinese people know anything else about Canada besides that it’s cold and easy to emigrate there if your’e a corrupt official.


  1. Cooper wrote:

    Brilliant commentary!

    Heh…I wonder which event Dashan is competing in which got him a place in Canada’s parade….

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Cooper wrote:

    Oh and that ‘stroke’ order seems a bit suspect! Australia got screwed!

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm | Permalink
  3. mch wrote:

    There were far, far too many children in this opening ceremony.

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Permalink
  4. PB wrote:

    I caught a very small portion of the opening ceremony while I was getting ready for work here in eastern Canada- but thanks to your live blogging, I think I caught the best moment (the kung fu part).

    They just couldn’t resist the 56 nationalities angle, could they. I guess it was too much to expect a recreation of all those “nationalities” being chased out of Beijing for the duration of the Olympics.

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
  5. PB wrote:

    Oh, and Dashan is obviously competing in the Shit-Eating Grin event.

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 10:53 pm | Permalink
  6. Todd wrote:

    Well, I liked the ceremony. Heck of a lot of performers — I heard them say there were 2008 of the kungfu guys, for example.

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 11:03 pm | Permalink
  7. Marc wrote:

    Love your blog and comments on BJ Olymics. Thanks. I am expat Chinese living in America. I am glad you like CCTV as much I as do. Gosh! Some things in China never change!

    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 11:18 pm | Permalink
  8. 嘯嘯生 wrote:



    Friday, August 8, 2008 at 11:34 pm | Permalink
  9. otherlisa wrote:

    Because if there’s anything with international appeal, it’s drums, gongs, and caterwauling transvestites.

    Oh, crap, you shoulda warned me! because I just about lost a keyboard to spewed coffee…

    Put that Yanjing on ice for me, baby!

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 12:29 am | Permalink
  10. JamesP wrote:

    The minorities as children cracked me up, I have to admit. Subtle.

    Also, if I hear any more descriptions of Beijing ‘buzzing with excitement’ or similar I may be forced to strangle the next reporter I see. I’ve never seen the city so dead or the sense of public space so destroyed.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:19 am | Permalink
  11. I wonder how many Chinese viewers thought of this performance as the Spring Festival gig on steroids?

    Matt Lauer is such an annoying, kowtowing fag…

    Everyone in Canada will get to know who that Mark Roswell guy is and despise him.

    PLA soldiers taking PRC flags from minority youth? Those kids may be considered Chinese but I guess that they are not THAT Chinese. Only Han may hold the flag for an indefinite period of time.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:51 am | Permalink
  12. HongWang wrote:

    How could you not mention the guy holding up the giant compass? (“We invented this!!”)

    My wife and I got up at 7 am to watch it in the States — we both fell asleep before they lit the cauldron. Someone should be demanding their 300 million back.

    So were the rumors true? Did 5 FLG practitioners self-immolate and jump into the cauldron to light the Olympic flame?

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 2:35 am | Permalink
  13. Erika wrote:

    Thank you, Brendan, for the commentary and for sparing me the pain of several hours of viewing. Now I don’t have to even pretend to care if I see the rest of the “ceremonies” or not.

    Off-topic: Sheila seems to have kitty dementia which is interesting and bizarre to watch.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  14. Prince Roy wrote:

    Brendan, I’d really appreciate it if you could find and bitchslap NBC’s Olympic China analyst, Joshua Dillweed Cooper Ramo. I’m gonna be sick to my stomach.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  15. HongWang wrote:

    >>Joshua Dillweed Cooper Ramo

    “What might be lost on the barbarian audience here, and what is crystal clear to the Chinese soul, is that children with backpacks on surrounded by a circle of ‘karate men’ is a message about global warming.”

    You mean that douche bag?

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  16. P wrote:

    Hey–I just watched the whole thing and really enjoyed it hook, line, wirework, and costumes. Except the Hungarian ones. After you get over saying it was over the top, several times, you gotta be kinda stunned by it all. There’s no way anywhere else could have put on a show like that: Amuse yourself with designing the Australian equivalent. Danish Modern? German, anyone? In “The Burning Man” there’s a scene where the rich and powerful of the future compete to arrive at parties in flamboyant ancient forms of transport–bicycles, cars, a bus. The hero arrives last, in a steam locomotive, on a track being laid as he arrives.

    Before you go a’abusin’ the CCTV folks, spare a slap for the idiot cuecard readers on NBC: “Vanuatu is a small island nation . . .”. . . . “Georgia. The Georgians will be feeling some stress today, as Russian tanks had to invade the breakaway republic of wozzizname after fighting broke out . . . Next is Fiji, best known for golfer VJ Singh, although in fact golf is not represented at the Olympics”

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Permalink
  17. Prince Roy wrote:

    HongWang-yes, that’s him. He was saying shit like that all night. It’s going to be a long two weeks. Go Tonya Harding on his ass, B, I’m begging you.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  18. Alai wrote:

    I think that I saw some section with a chick in green on the big tv across from Cosco Tower. Looked lame. Sorry I missed Da Shan though. :(

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
  19. HongWang wrote:

    Speaking of Cooper Ramo:

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 12:45 am | Permalink
  20. Oh man, that was pretty much exactly what I saw on the tape delay here in the US.

    The announcers here were f’in’ horrible, too, saying stuff like “The Long March to the Olympics is finally over”, and “Beijing’s hosting of the Olympics is a Great Leap Forward for China as a nation”.

    I wish I were kidding.

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  21. k0iki9m wrote:

    F-uck you!

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 10:41 am | Permalink
  22. what? wrote:

    You douchebag!

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  23. Pffefer wrote:

    What, did I just find the place where most resident foreign cynics (a bunch of Shabi’s) converge? The Chinese can’t do anything right. Let you @#$%in’s people show the Chinese how to get it done right then.

    With your cynical attitude, no way is it possible for you ” to build an actual career as a freelance translator and writer.”, O’Kane. Certainly the Chinese can do without your stuff, and the population of resident foreign cynics (once again, a bunch of Shabi’s) is dwindling. They are get the hell out in greater numbers, who is going to read your junk?

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  24. FOARP wrote:

    Translation from Pfeffer-speak:

    I am a internet-addict who has nothing better to with his time than stalk China expats.

    O’ Kane – can I become the official Olympic Pfeffer translation expert? Pretty please?

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  25. Chip wrote:

    Very funny guys, in a slightly depressing way. Maybe you should go out doors more, out in the sunshine… There are clues to life out there that can be enjoyable…

    Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  26. Brother wrote:

    Brendan, you are too young.

    Monday, August 11, 2008 at 5:48 am | Permalink
  27. abd wrote:

    Controversy and demonstrations by the hate-China crowd really helped boost ratings to an all-time high for any Olympic show. The opening ceremony got the biggest rating of all time, and with mostly great reviews with the exception of usual naysayers.

    Monday, August 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  28. Fidel wrote:

    More drivel from people who don’t live in China and believe everything they read and hear about the place. It wasn’t even funny. Sarcasm is indeed the lowest form of humor, as blogging is the lowest form of journalism. Grow up for Chrissakes.

    Monday, August 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  29. Ian Rogers wrote:

    “Like Chinese people know anything else about Canada besides that it’s cold and easy to emigrate there if your’e a corrupt official.” — Don’t forget about the great traitor/hero 白求恩! Thanks to Dr. Bethune, millions of Chinese generalize and embrace Canada as fellow communists!

    Monday, August 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  30. Goody wrote:


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 1:45 am | Permalink
  31. HongWang wrote:

    >>The Chinese can’t do anything right.

    No. Zhang Yimou can’t do anything right. For some reason, you equate Zhang Yimou with China. You better hope he doesn’t die or China will be screwed, apparently.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 3:30 am | Permalink
  32. Marc wrote:

    “Thanks to Dr. Bethune, millions of Chinese generalize and embrace Canada as fellow communists!”

    Oh Canada isn’t a communist country?

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 5:03 am | Permalink
  33. jg wrote:

    This is soooo very good. And accurate too. LOL. But I wanted to hear more about Li Ning: pure ZYM corn-on-a-wire. I wanted to see a cement-crusted, hard-hatted, Sichuan construction worker with a real smile, happy about being so very much in the light, a h/t to the folks who have actually built this stadium, this Beijing, the whole framework and amphet image 0f a country: “Giveussomethingelsetobuild, cuz ifwestopwe’lldieofnomoney.” Of course, they were too busy looking for a TV to watch the show in a place less ‘secure’ than Beijing. Good job!

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  34. joa wrote:

    funny.. a man who sees things through colored glasses will never really love and enjoy life. you think being sacarstic as being cool, man? ha

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  35. Sad wrote:

    I am very glad to see such a complex against something that you could never do!

    A blog founded on despise of others.

    I am not a chinese, just lauging at such attitudes and let you face …

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm | Permalink
  36. Sad wrote:

    “I guess the next time the US hosts the Olympics we’ll decorate our opening ceremonies with everything invented in the last century… ”

    Hahaha :) You can show only it as an “invented nation… ” in last centuries!

    Sorry i am not an anti-amerikan ; but you are forcing people to despise Americans …

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 11:46 pm | Permalink
  37. L wrote:

    Sad, America does have a lot to show, nuclear bombs are not the least of it.
    I do agree it is hard to imagine Brendan O’Kane as a happy person by reading this blog though.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 4:50 am | Permalink
  38. dood wrote:

    Wow, your hate for China and all things Chinese is impressive. Surely there are other ways to get readers than being the anti-Asian KKK?

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  39. HongWang wrote:

    “Anyone who criticizes the opening ceremony of the Olympics is an anti-Chinese racist KKK member! Death to the American infidels!!!!”

    Sorry i am not a anti-Chinese ; but you [insecure, idiot nationalists] are forcing people to despise Chinese …

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 9:10 am | Permalink
  40. HongWang wrote:

    By the way, are the millions of Chinese who made virtually the same criticisms of the opening ceremony also “anti-Chinese?” I assume they also “hate China” and are members of the “anti-Asian KKK.” Right?

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  41. Jeremiah wrote:

    The 粪清 like those above have NO CLUE what or whom they’re talking about. I defy any of them to find a person who has spent more time and energy mastering the Chinese language than Brendan, who, by the by and judging from the quality of the comments, writes a whole sight better in Chinese than some of these ranters and lunatics write in English (not that that’s setting the hurdle to Liu Xiang heights…)

    If anything they demonstrate their own ignorance as simple-minded 土包子 with no knowledge of nuance, satire, or sense of humor.

    If you don’t think it’s funny, don’t read it or attempt to rebut it, but slandering somebody as KKK (among other whining I’ve read above) when you obviously haven’t the slightest idea of the implications of what you are saying isn’t patriotism, it’s idiocy.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  42. Wow... wrote:

    Someone pushed a big red button. Talking about insecure, J. above 发神经啦.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink
  43. 土包子 wrote:

    Jeremiah,让学高八斗,才富五车, 中文霹雳无敌的O’Kane给你解释。按定义,本土中国人和你相比就是土包子,而亲爱的J先生,你是洋包子。

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
  44. Interesting comment.

    People are disappointed with the opening ceremony, but now we can’t comment on anything negative with the opening ceremony online, so everything online is positive, everyone is satisfied.

    This really make me sick.

    Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  45. whiney wrote:

    Apparently what cannot be done is to have negative comments toward the negative comments on Opening Ceremony. We don’t want people to be sick, do we?

    Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Permalink
  46. touchy wrote:

    What time did criticism become one way only? Yes, KKK remark is over the top, but one cannot help but notice how touchy some people are. One negative comment, labels came down hard and fast. If the blogger writes a blog to criticize, he needs to be prepared to get some of his own. Just because he is some kind of master of the Chinese language, does not mean his word is gold, and therefore he can only be showered with flowers and praises. Even if certain individuals were compelled to defend his honor, one would think better techniques could have been used than “Oh, we cannot say anything bad about Olympic” kind of drama, or “your English is inferior, how dare you to comment”. Criticize at where it is due please.

    Friday, August 15, 2008 at 1:09 am | Permalink
  47. Thanks for the comments, everybody.I look forward to getting your valuable input on future posts.

    One request: Civility and politeness are probably too much to ask for, but I would like it very much if people would sign their comments consistently. For one thing, it makes the discussion a lot easier to follow; for another, employing pseudonymous accounts just seems dishonest – whether you call them 马甲 or sock-puppets. Also, L (and Wow…, and 土包子, and whiney and touchy), I’m quite happy, but thanks for your concern. You may want to stop commenting from work, though — I understand many employers in the US frown upon that these days.

    Other requests:

    nanheyangrouchuan: First and only warning: If you ever make a racist or homophobic comment on this blog I will ban your ass for good.

    Everybody: Chill the fuck out.

    Friday, August 15, 2008 at 2:27 am | Permalink
  48. a reader wrote:

    the following is what Chinese say about the openning ceremony copied from a Chinese web site right after the openning ceremony. And maye you can help to translate some.














    有人在哭泣 有人在歌唱 有人生来有钱包
      有人在奋斗 有人在幻想 有人一生没吃饱
      他们指向左 他们指向右 他们买了壮阳药
      我们不能说 我们不能做 我们的生活多美好
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 啦啦啦啦啦啦
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 我们的生活多美好
      铁路向西走 长江不能流 到底谁才是走狗
      天亮漱漱口 天黑动动手 劳动为了给税收
      他们指向左 他们指向右 他们一直有洋楼
      我们不能叫 我们不能交 我们的生活带套套
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 啦啦啦啦啦啦
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 我们的生活多美好
      爸爸喜欢嫖 妈妈就会吵 上学还要请家教
      爷爷睡不着 奶奶看不到 白衣天使真是好
      他们指向左 他们指向右 总是有狗跟着跑
      我们没有闹 我们没上吊 这样还不算厚道
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 啦啦啦啦啦啦
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 我们的生活多美好
      无级是无耻 春晚是婊子 疯狂的石头有意思
      孙逸仙同志 毛润之博士 阿扁闲着没吊事
      他们指向左 他们指向右 你我不能没脑子
      闭眼随便过 睁眼将就活 我们的生活的多美好
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 啦啦啦啦啦啦
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 我们的生活多美好
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 啦啦啦啦啦啦
      啦啦啦啦啦啦 我们的生活多美好









    巨人,关于巨人,之前有一个诋毁央视新址建筑物外形的坏笑话,形容其姿态活脱一式蹲踞待便、寻坑不得的巨人!(你不妨脑海里浮现一下,甚而亲自试蹲)而国家体育馆就成了一宗医用卧式便盆(两头那么一翘,有了方向)。这里不再继续这个诋毁(如一:巨人怎样溜溜小跑直捷于鸟巢而与北京的中轴线有了一个完美的夹角后,倾泻如银河!完成了由奥林匹言到万里长城的千年寻觅。甚有第二:待其填充殷实丰满拱出隆起,远处一看,则不难发现一个元宝。而最后,巨人需要的是ONE PIECE OF PAPER FOR CLEAN THERE,这张纸可不就是那张世界上最大的脚印纸嘛),而是关注:烟花脚印的二十九步的象征之外,巨人之脚印是怎么形成的。







    看了 感觉没有人性 没看完出去了 半天回不到正常状态








    看过主题曲—-实在不知道唱什么,只知道开头一句—我和你,心连心。偶 听后,没什么期待的想法了——–简直比宋少将还少将嘛!嗯,叻滴,在歌唱领域,宋可以少将了,刘先生起码有大将水准了。只是这水准,在我想来,看来,绝不可以带三个表的 ,我绝不承认,刘代表了全体中国人。
    可怖啊,还不如山寨出品的有创意!彻底死心了,没办法期待他们这帮人了还有什么东西可以出来 了。




    见过糟蹋中国文化的 没见过这么糟蹋的
    见过没有想像力的 没见过这么没有想像力的
    见过没有技术性的 没见过这么没有技术性的





    Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
  49. nomore ncs wrote:

    I read your Chinese blog before came here…I wanne’s “refreshing”..
    You’re..kinda cute ..when using those Chinese words..but..what you said about the opening ceremony,is really bithy..and almost piss me off..’s your own taste.I can’t judge..
    You’re an American,and that’s how Americans see things and do things,right?
    Sarcasm is your”general gesture”.And thanks to you guys..I’ve learned to appreciated that..
    PS:I’m not a so-call”anti-KKK”

    Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 1:01 am | Permalink
  50. Your Ancestor! wrote:

    我只想说贴主还不如一陀狗屡,你他妈的最好早点滚出中国去,别什么时候横在这了!看不懂的话,让你的婊子娘给你翻译一下!fuck you sister again?

    Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Permalink
  51. NoMoreAmericanDream wrote:

    Foreigners like you really suck!!! You enjoy the respects and worships from Chinese people, which give you kinda of fake ‘elite’ feeling in China. In the same time, you just keep your eyes on those may interest you and just dumping those trashy words on us! Of course, you guys never want China to show it positive sides. And of course Chinese people never change – how stupid are we still repect you after so many humiliations? Enough is enough. Probably, we wouldn’t treat you with hospitality as Confuscian said but prejudice as you just did to us.

    Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11:53 pm | Permalink
  52. UFOOL wrote:


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2:07 am | Permalink
  53. 8956 wrote:


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  54. Y M wrote:


    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  55. Y M wrote:

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    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 11:34 am | Permalink
  56. excalibur wrote:

    楼上的都别气了,孙子兵法里都说了: 知己知彼,百战百胜嘛. 人家学了中文并不是因为喜欢中国.我要向你表示敬意,因为你古文居然比作为一个中国人的我还要好.

    另外,我觉得这场开幕式已经是我这一生中看过的最精彩的表演了,但被您,扁低的一文不值,请问你是否能举出一个在您心目中认为是优秀的表演呢? 让目光短浅的我开拓一下眼界?

    Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
  57. Sisi wrote:

    Appriciate your attention to the worldwide even 2008 Beijing, China is a big country that welcomes different vioces from different people and whats more important, China is devloping in a speed that everybody is jealous of and get awared of.

    Did the United Stated withdraw its army from Irag when the Union Nation stepped out and Said “No”?
    No, the same, China knows what it is doing and nobody can hold it back.

    Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  58. claria wrote:

    wow,someone in tianya is help driving traffic to your blog

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 2:24 pm | Permalink
  59. linda wrote:

    I hate you!
    How can you say that?

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  60. hopping donkey wrote:

    Interesting comment.

    People are disappointed with the opening ceremony, but now we can’t comment on anything negative with the opening ceremony online, so everything online is positive, everyone is satisfied.

    This really make me sick.

    go to–杂谈section, u may find yourself satisfied there, i am pretty sure.


    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Permalink
  61. 永远 wrote:

    发现中国的古诗词翻成英文 就像白开水一样没味道了…

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm | Permalink
  62. 永远 wrote:

    welcome to china !

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
  63. Ben Ross wrote:

    I think the main thing everybody needs to consider is that there is a fundamental difference in understandings of humor. In the US, we are very relaxed about making fun of otherwise serious topics. Whether it’s the president, specific groups of people, Olympic ceremonies, or whatever, we like to crack jokes. The jokes are funny because we know that they aren’t meant to be taken for face value. China is a much more serious (I really wish I new a better word) culture. Just look at the expressions of the Chinese leaders (as Brendan alludes to) compared with the Mayor of London. The point is not to say that one way is better than the other, but any piece of journalism needs to be taken in context. Brendan’s piece (which for the record I find to be 真TMD搞笑) was not meant to offend Chinese people, but instead was a way to draw humor to an otherwise non-humorous event. For those of you who still think he was attempting to offend Chinese people, I suggest you download a copy of a Comedy Central broadcast of a US President’s State of the Union address. We make fun of ourselves, and our leaders, just as much (probably much more) than we do those of China.

    Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 10:31 pm | Permalink
  64. cranberry wrote:

    i moved to the US at the age of 10 and i suppose that i do know a thing or two about american “humor”. you can make fun, criticize, or crack jokes about the opening ceremony all you want but calling peking opera singers “caterwauling transvestites” is offensive and mean spirited.

    Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  65. 李德胜 wrote:


    Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 10:38 pm | Permalink
  66. 两只黄鹂鸣翠柳 wrote:

    开幕式当天,我在打游戏没怎么看,因为不喜欢凑热闹. 感觉你很恨中国,但别让恨蒙蔽你的双眼.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

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