Friday, 8 August 2008

Asian spirits

Today is an important day for China and its people. The day the Summer Olympic starts on 08 day 08 month and the year of 08, with the live worldwide telecast at 8pm.

So much has occured for the past few months prior to the Olympic opening.

The torch relay has created much troubles from London, Paris to the US admist the Free Tibet campaigners around the world. The riots in Lhasa put the issue on focus and ended with a bloody military crash that cost many lives. China and Tibet's indifferences were stuck in the pages of history. The future looks bleak for both.

On the northwestern Xinjiang where muslim Uighurs abound, terrorist attacks have forced China to again use crude force to curb the violence. Bombs in Shanghai and nearby Kashi has claimed many lives including 16 police officers.

And just a few days before Olympic kicked off, the smog caused major pollution in the old city of Beijing, threatening the committees to consider pulling off a few matches including marathon and cycling.

But, the day still has to arrive.

Let's join our hands together and hope China will make the XXIX Olympic the best in the sports history. Let's also hope China will go through all the life's humanitarian lessons along its way before it can proudly acclaim a mighty nation of the world.

"Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit."

Hence the description for my entry to the Visa Beijing Olympic "Faster, Higher, Stronger" photo contest. I hope it reflects a future China which the whole world wants to see.

Shortlisted and now on travelling exhibition in Asia.

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