喂, 話時話喇家豪, CBC 會唔會又咁大整古, 話就話訪問你, 但唔會好似上一次咁, 你一開口講:"Oh, China hosting the 2008 Olympic Games…" 佢就話 :"Time’s up, NEXT!" 咁桇下話? 如果你有機會講多d, 可以用我啱啱幫你諗呢幾點作一作參考嘅:
From the socio-economic points of view:
1. The bid for the 2008 Olympics came at a time when China was still cleaning up the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In view of this, the acceptance of the bid by the IOC was quite a surprise for most people.
2. I am sure the Olympic Games brings joy, excitement, and renewed patriotism to a city that might still be reeling from the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. However, as many columnists and observers have already pointed out, people formerly living at the Olympic sites and the fringe areas are still harshly criticizing all levels of the Chinese government for not using fair market values to compensate their loss of homes, properties, and business. Many critics have thus criticized Beijing to be more concerned about the IOC and the outside world’s views on the remodelled Beijing’s landscape than the well being of the Beijing residents.
3. I think the Chinese government and the nation as a whole have frantically put their best feet forward to try to prove to the world that “if other people can do it, we can even do it better!” However, with the Sichuan earthquakes, Islam population’s uprising and Tibetan’s protest to demand for independence, the Chinese government has had a handful of tasks to deal with before, during, and possibly after the Games.
4. Remember that China has a greater problem of wealth disparity than most, if not all of the developed countries. With grandeur of all the new facilities built to host the Olympics, including the granite-floor public washrooms in the streets of Beijing, it ironically reflects the divide between the rich and the poor in Beijing.
Despite all that, the spirit of the Olympics should transcend nation’s boundary, race, creed, and political view. Therefore, even with all the socio-economic problems surrounding this event, the advice the Chinese government should get across to the masses should be:
“Let games begin and whining end.” The motto I am borrowing from the editor of Toronto Star that appeared on August 6’s Letters to the Editor.
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