13 August 2008

China is changing

I'm less surprised that, Lin Maoke, the little girl shown singing in the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, was lip syncing, because Chinese Communist politicians decided the little girl REALLY singing, Yang Peiyi did not meet the criteria that "The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings, and expression" (reports CNN). The Communist Party of China has been lying to its people and the world incessantly for the past sixty years.

What is most notable is that the General Music Designer of the ceremony actually revealed the fact, and revealed it on Chinese state radio, and it was reported, and presumably with little consequences for the man concerned - Chen Qigang.

This is the kind of honesty and openness unknown in the China that Sue Bradford went to 35 years ago, and dare I say even 10 years ago. Chinese bloggers are debating it and some condemning it. China is changing if one looks closely.

It goes without saying that the replacement of the child for one "cuter" is rather distasteful to many of us, who find the idea that some aging communist official could deem the appearance of a child to be not good enough for the nation to be abhorrent. I'm sure those who made this decision are hardly picture postcards of beauty themselves, in fact they have proved themselves to be so.

However, allowing this debate does show a change, one that is positive, and which puts China well ahead of the likes of Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe and Burma. May debate on other official decisions flourish.


Anonymous said...

They will have admitted this, along with the computer-generated fireworks, because they know that the facts would have come out sooner or later and at least this way they can avoid looking like complete fakes.

Kay Bratt said...

That is a very interesting take on it-- that I haven't considered. Perhaps China is changing a bit. However, from years of experience, I can tell you that they hide a majority of their "undesirables" (as they label them, not I) adults and children from the public.

ZenTiger said...

And they can aspire to the latest in the West - where the guy that queued outside the telco shop 24 hours before the release of the iPod wan't a fan, he was a hired actor sent to generate interest.

The story was reported as the "truth", so media everywhere advertised the iPhone for the cost of an actor. Cheaper than full page adverts in all papers, and incidentally, another reason limiting political advertising under the EFA is a joke - as many stories are manufactured or politicians make press releases for the papers to do their work for them without using up their budget.