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谢迈克在中国

Mike Shecket Goes To China!

Bad

June 13th, 2008

Yesterday morning, the Olympic torch passed through Guiyang. I’d heard that its planned swing through Jinyang had been cancelled, but clearly I either misunderstood or was misinformed. In any case, at a time when the torch was about to pass probably no more than half a mile, a mile tops, from the school, the foreign teachers were all roped into an interminable, pointless early morning meeting (only the second one we’ve had to go to all year). Some of us get the sense that this was done intentionally in order to keep us off the streets. One of my colleagues, frustrated, cleared out of the meeting and tried to get outside to see what was going on. The guard would not open the gate to let him get out. Finally, when he started climbing the fence, the guard let him out, but the torch had already gone by.

As for the rest of us, we were stuck with watching live TV coverage in one of the classrooms, where we recognized streets and buildings that are probably a ten-minute walk up the street. We were mad. In fairness, however, none of the several thousand students were allowed to go watch, and neither were their Chinese teachers.

In the end, it still seems like an insult, because the rest of the time, we’re pretty much allowed to come and go as we please.

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