When it comes to Olympics, I want to say something.GAWD.
i am SO tired of china! I've been living here for a few years now cause of my dad's job. and it totally SUCKS. the tv gets blocked regularly because somewhere in the world, someone is saying something that the chinese goverment doesn't like and it's on televison. sites like wikipedia got blocked cause the president just said to block it.. who knows why.. ARGH. nobody gets to run/vote for president. only a small group of people get to do that... we don't even get a choice! and the olympics? i think they were just a stupid waste of money. i think london's performance in the closing cermony was SO much better then what china did for the whole thing. they were so much more causal and down to earth. china? they were like, the more formal the better. i'm not saying it's bad... but when the soldiers marched they were like robots! and then if their tie is crooked, then they would be like OMG! it's just so unnatural... and give some freedom of speech to people will ya? if some says they hate you, just ignore it or something! don't arrest them and put them in jail for heaven's sake!
Yes, London performace is more casual, but when it comes to Royal ceremony, I bet London people would do it in a very FORMAL way! People in UK worship the ROYALs so much! But in China we don't care about the Royals, no one was born better than others! My point is , China and your westerns have differnt culture value. We want to celebrate it in our own way which seems too formal to you guys, but what is wrong with it? Isn't it supposed to be different for the olympics opening performace which hosted by differnt culture?
It takes a long time for China become stronger again after wars such as those caused by Japan and Europeans, civil war and dark period of Chairman Mao, you don't know how many difficulites have chinese been through. We value this opportunity as a national honor which can let the whole world know about China. And more important, it is an oriental culture, that the host will do the best to take care of the guests. We are the host of the olympics, and we want our guests to have the best! If you go to Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Phillipine, you will find the same culture! And I personally highly value this culture.