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Beijing Olympics 2008: A personal reflection
Credit must be given to the PRC for hosting a wonderful opening ceremony. Events like the flag raising ceremony and the performance of children left a deep impression on those who had the chance to witness the grand event.

I MANAGED to wake up early (6:00am Miami time) on August 8, 2008 for going to work as I was attempting to listen to China Radio International (CRI) English or any Olympic venues at work. But it became impossible to access the audio of CRI English. I attempted to listen to the local stations. Yet the local television and radio stations had imposed a prohibition on streaming or broadcasting the Olympics "until everything is ready."

"Until everything is ready" is a phrase that has been used a lot; but regardless, I refused to allow myself to be prohibited from watching such a great opening.

My parents called me around 7:15am (Miami time), on August 8. But still there was no live broadcast streaming. I decided to visit the CRI English website and read about the opening of the Beijing Olympics. It was a joy to see people dancing traditional dances and celebrating one of the greatest sporting events of the world. During my conversation with my parents, I received news that the Miami Herald has managed to publish the first page of the Beijing Olympics and dedicated the rest of the newspaper to the Olympics.

I was extremely happy and overjoyed again. All of my family started calling me on my mobile phone at work. Many were congratulating me for going to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Others in Miami, Florida area have congratulated me for helping them understand the PRC better. After talking with my parents and relatives, I went to the electronic store located in my hospital. The televisions had WSVN Channel 7 (a television channel that is an affiliate of the FOX News Channel) and some of their boring talk shows. But I could not resist the temptation to change the channel to NBC 6 (which was broadcasting the Olympics). The people in the electronic store wanted to see the talk show while I wanted to see the Beijing Olympics. Many people started converging around me and looked at the opening ceremonies. The people that were converging around me were supporters of the Beijing Olympics and were in agreement that the Olympics was more important than a talk show in which the host was making up more lies about China and the Olympics in an attempt to further increase their ratings.

For one minute, the people in the electronic stores were happy that they were witnessing history. I saw the flag raising ceremony, children dancing, and the Olympic cars. I was able to witness those who were enjoying the games. The flag raising ceremony touched me heavily in the heart. As I saw the flag of the PRC being raised, my heart started beating with excitement and happiness. In my opinion, the flag of the PRC and the fact that it was raised made me think about the families there. It was in the PRC that I have seen a devotion to country and family that is absent in the West and in the United States of America especially.

The only time I felt anger was when I saw Bush in China (from a clip in NBC 6). Many people in the hospital started screaming acts of repudiation against Bush. I wanted to do the same thing but the Hospital police was watching nearby. I was angered by Bush’s’ presence since he tried to mix politics with the Olympics. Maybe it is an exaggeration but I was a better representative of the United States of America during my visit to the PRC while I was merely a citizen. Bush may be a ’president’ but he no longer represented anybody characterised by the screaming of acts of repudiation in the hospital as well as the rest of Miami, Florida.

The dancing of the children also moved my heart. It reminded me of two calendars that I received from CRI when it was known as Radio Peking in 1980. It was a pocket size calendars with gold lettering and there were two designs in the front side. One design showed a little girl studying science with Saturn and other planets as background, while she looked at the stars. Another design was a girl doing gymnastics with a background of sports. I still have these calendars hidden in a private place. Another reason why I felt this strong emotion was because the children dancing there reminded me of my daughter and how she would be dancing in school plays later. It was great seeing children dance and it was also great to see how in the PRC, the children and family are treated with dignity and respect (something that has been lacking in the West especially in the Capitalism without brakes that is inherent in the United States of America). The idea of family was to be reinforced later after reading the CRI English Article titled: "Let’s Pump Iron At the Gyms, Do Aerobics, Take Kids Swimming."

The PRC earned the right to host the Olympics and has become the third country in Asia after the Republic of Korea and Russia (at that time the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic) to host the Olympics. There are people in North America who think Russia is totally located in Europe without taking into account that the majority of the land mass of Russia is in Asia.

The PRC deserves to be treated with the respect and dignity accorded to other nations. CRI English also deserves to be treated with the respect and dignity accorded to all international broadcasters. I am happy to the point that tears have run down my cheeks, my heart beats and the blood moves in a state of excitement that the PRC and CRI English are participating in what will be the Olympics that will be superior to the Olympics held in the 20th century.

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