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谢迈克在中国 » 2008» August

谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

The End

August 24th, 2008

I was going to have some fancy final post about world peace and love and stuff, but I’ve been too busy (or is it too lazy?) to put down my thoughts.  But I thought I should say that I did indeed make it back home, and here I am.  What’s next?  We’ll see.

– 谢迈克 2008年8月23日

Last movie in China

August 8th, 2008

The last night

August 7th, 2008

I’m in a hotel near the airport.  Actually, Air Force One just touched down a few minutes ago, just a mile or two away.  I’m enjoying the sounds of planes taking off and landing…it’s not an overwhelming sound, but it’s sort of majestic in its way.  Tomorrow, I’ll be on one of those, headed to San Francisco and my cousin’s wedding, and then back to Columbus.

It’s a bittersweet feeling leaving this country.  Of course I think there’s a lot of rotten things about the government, and there’s quirks of the culture that I’m not too fond of, and the food?  Mostly terrible, to be honest.

But what I’m feeling mostly right now is that I really want these Olympics, and by extension, the whole process of building a modern, prosperous (and hopefully one day politically free) China, to succeed.  I tear up when I hear “We Are Ready“, I love the Fuwa, and my fondest wish is for clear, blue skies for the opening ceremony tomorrow.  There are millions and millions of totally guileless, long-suffering people who are extremely emotionally invested in these Olympics and the success of China’s athletes.  We’ll talk about Tibet, Taiwan, the environment, Darfur and the rest in a few weeks.  My feeling is: let them have their moment.  It’s not their fault.

Goin’ back

August 5th, 2008

I wonder if when I get back to the US I’ll detect some kind of change in the zeitgeist that I couldn’t know just from following the course of events from a few thousand miles away.  A lot has happened in a year, and I’ve read about it, and I’ve talked to people back there about it, but I haven’t lived in the reality of August 2008 in the USA, and I wonder how different it will feel at a gut level from August 2007.

For starters, it’ll be interesting to see the bumper stickers.  A lot of them will make me fume, but it’ll be interesting.  That and maybe people’s T-shirts.

Tonight in Beijing

August 2nd, 2008

I just got back from trying to get a glimpse of another opening ceremony rehearsal at the Birds’ Nest (I, along with a crowd of thousands, caught a few bursts of fireworks while the police tried to usher us away, insisting there was nothing more to see).

On the way back, at a location of a Korean chain of French-style bakeries, I randomly ran into a couple of Algerians (who asked me to inquire in Chinese whether the bread had pork lard in it, which I did indeed know how to ask).  Now if it had been a Korean-owned Brazilian barbeque, that would pretty much cover all your continents!

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