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One World, One Dream Forever

So ends the 29th Olympiad hosted in Beijing, possibly one of, if not the most anticipated Olympics thus far. After witnessing the degrees of excitement that the people of China had for the Games, I knew that this was one sporting event that I could not bear to miss even if my life depended on it. I was not happy with NBC’s broadcasts, but I have to admit that they did one thing right. I am very pleased to see that despite all the taped broadcasts that claim to be “live” here on the West Coast, NBC at least opened their viewers’ eyes to some of the basics of Chinese culture that may be unknown to many in the American audience up until now. The comments I have received on this blog thusfar may not reflect what I stand for, but I still believe it: I believe that the open-minded people of the United States who followed the Olympics have grown to see the Chinese people and culture in a different, more positive light.

On a side note, I appreciate everyone’s input on my blog, even if most of them are opposing my point of view. I figured it as much since my choice of words in my previous posts would tend to draw in people who type in “Chinese Cheaters” in search engines because they are the ignorant readers truly believe that the Chinese are a group of lying cheaters. The term “Chinese cheaters” and “China cheaters” were the two keywords most widely used in search engines to land upon my blog. The next one is…”Shawn Johnson boobs.” The most unusual one is…”perverted pics of U.S. gymnasts.” What kind of perverts are you all? Haha! So if you are one of those people who are using the term “boobs” or “perverted” in your searches, and you end up here…sorry! Got nothing for ya! =)

Anyway, call me a nerd but my night life pretty much shut down for 16 days. Well, that’s an exaggeration because I stopped watching the “live coverage” when I got tired of hearing all the ridiculous allegations against the Chinese gymnasts and various “controversial issues” brought up during NBC’s coverage. All the heat about the controversial issues in China goes completely against what the Games are all about: worldwide unity. It seems like the U.S. media can not let go of the fact that China is changing for the better, and the American perspective is mauled from previous happenings in China. You can not expect a nation of 1.3 billion people to change into a free country over night. I truly believe that eventually China will be the greatest nation in the world whether the United States likes it or not.

One of the hottest issues of controversy during the Beijing Olympics was China’s human rights record. It seems like the criticism never ends. Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT saying that I agree with everything the Chinese does, but the people of the U.S. should be the last to talk about human rights. Aside from the century of enslaving Africans and African Americans, what about the internment of people of Japanese descent during WWII in the 20th century? Was that justified? The government suspected the Japanese residing in the U.S. of possible conspiracy with the Japanese government based solely on ethnic heritage.  Not one of the internees were proven guilty! Most of the internees were American citizens! If this is not bigotry, then I don’t know what is.

Of course, you can argue that these events were of the past, but if we are such a perfect nation now, wouldn’t homosexuals have the right to marriage? By depriving them of the right to marriage for LOVE is depriving them of a basic human right.

Also, everyone in the U.S. is seen as “equal” regardless of gender, but tell me why you do not see hardly any women CEOs of major corporations in the U.S. Why is it that statistically women are generally paid way less than men? Is there scientific proof stating that women are not as smart or capable as men, or are men just preferred over women in this patriarchal society?

What about equal representation of African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans in the mass media? Why is our media dominated by Caucasians? Are they more talented and attractive because of their ethnicity? This seems hardly equal to me.

China did an amazing job with hosting the Olympics, and I doubt that the U.S. could ever come close to putting on such a successful Olympics as they did for the past 2 weeks. Though some of their political issues are relics of our past [and some are still of our present], remember that China is still a developing nation. I am not saying that I agree with the way they run things, but at the same time, I have witnessed China first hand for myself because I have family there. Things are not as bad as we like to think. However, there is definite room for improvement, and as one world, we should all be more aware in an international perspective rather than being cooped up in our little bubble we call the United States.

More awareness and less ignorance and bigotry will eventually lead to more tolerance in the world.

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