Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM
This is a roundup of the week's Chinese sports news from China Sports Today, a website from the GoKunming.com people.
• The National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) have made their debuts. The Bird’s Nest hosted the finish lines of both the race walking challenge and the Good Luck Beijing Marathon. The Water Cube hosted synchronized swimming and hundreds of people waited for three hours in the rain just to get in and take a look. Both of these venues, which have gotten a lot of attention since their designs were unveiled, appeared ready for their closeup.
• The Workers’ Stadium hosted its first event since being renovated. Brazil’s women’s football (soccer) team beat Ghana 5-1 to qualify for the Olympic competition. Olympic draws for men’s and women’s soccer were announced the next day (complete list of groups here).
• Last weekend also saw the conclusion of the Volvo China Open golf tournament in Beijing, in which Irishman Damien McGrane held onto his lead to claim the rain-soaked silk yellow jacket and a purse of US$366,660 (full report).
• There was a lot to learn from all of the Good Luck Beijing test events from the past week, including that selling scalped tickets, usually standard practice at cultural and sporting events in Beijing, could currently lead to trouble with the law, and that buying them could lead to an inconvenient afternoon.
• In the sports world beyond Beijing, the GoKunming.com guys took to the skies, and came back with a detailed report of their first paragliding experience in Yunnan Province.
• Finally, the Chinese edition of Sports Illustrated has published its swimsuit issue (pictured).
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The Eurasian Face : Blacksmith Books, a publishing house in Hong Kong, is behind The Eurasian Face, a collection of photographs by Kirsteen Zimmern. Below is an excerpt from the series:
Big in China: An adapted excerpt from Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues and Becoming A Star in China, just published this month. Author Alan Paul tells the story of arriving in Beijing as a trailing spouse, starting a blues band, raising kids and trying to make sense of China.
Pallavi Aiyar's Chinese Whiskers: Pallavi Aiyar's first novel, Chinese Whiskers, a modern fable set in contemporary Beijing, will be published in January 2011. Aiyar currently lives in Brussels where she writes about Europe for the Business Standard. Below she gives permissions for an excerpt.
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+ Korean history doesn't fly on Chinese TV screens (2007.09): SARFT puts the kibbosh on Korean historical dramas.
+ Religion and government in an uneasy mix (2008.03): Phoenix Weekly (凤凰周刊) article from October, 2007, on government influence on religious practice in Tibet.
+ David Moser on Mao impersonators (2004.10): I first became aware of this phenomenon in 1992 when I turned on a Beijing TV variety show and was jolted by the sight of "Mao Zedong" and "Zhou Enlai" playing a game of ping pong. They both gave short, rousing speeches, and then were reverently interviewed by the emcee, who thanked them profusely for taking time off from their governmental duties to appear on the show.