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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Victim or Victor? China's Olympic Odyssey

China's Odyssey from the WSJ. Interesting article about Chinese Nationalism, history of the Olympics, and recent events. The article makes a lot of good points, but I don't agree with it 100%.

A quote from the article that is food for thought and would be a great prompt for a class:

Chinese nationalism -- with its belief in the Darwinian struggle of nations -- is rather anachronistic, and so are the Olympic Games.

My belief - It would be nice if this belief belonged to another time (anachronistic), but truthfully most countries don't believe this and certainly don't act that way.

The comments about nationalism in the article are good. The author has a web site www.ianburuma.com/ and studied Chinese Literature.

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