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What is the true meaning behind the Olympic opening ceremony?

Posted on: August 19, 2008

When Lin Miaoke, right, opened her mouth to sing "Ode to the Motherland" during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the voice that was actually heard was a recording of seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, left.

When Lin Miaoke, right, opened her mouth to sing "Ode to the Motherland" during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, the voice that was actually heard was a recording of seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, left.

As one of the audience of the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony, I was excited and touched by the effort that the Chinese had put in for the performance. Yet, this excitement did not last long because I soon found out that there were several ‘fake’ components involved in the show. Lin Miaoke, the girl who appeared on the stage singing ‘Ode to the Motherland’ was not actually singing. The voice was from another girl named Yang Peiyi. As some people started to criticize the director of ceremony for this, he stated his thoughts in a Radio show.

“This is in the national interest. It is the image of our national music, national culture, especially during the entrance of our national flag. This is an extremely important, extremely serious matter.” (excerpted from The New York Times)

I understand that the whole Olympic Ceremony was a chance for China to appeal to the audience around the world their culture. Everything needed to look perfect and China had to look glorious. Yes, this is true, and many of the audience were impressed. Chinese seemed to have succeeded in their plan to glorify their nation; but this was before people knew that Lin did not sing the song.

Chinese seemed to have missed the initial purpose of the Olympics. Olympics indeed is a chance for the hosting country to appeal their culture to the world, but there is something far more important behind that. Olympics is a chance for everyone around the world to come together and participate. The atheletes are supposed to be judged on only their skills and not by how they look. To portray this meaningful purpose behind Olympics, the Chinese should have let Yang Peiyi stand on the stage and sing, or let Lin Miaoke sing with her own voice.

I can’t help thinking that Chinese had failed on making their national image better. Many people will relate the word ‘fake’ with China from now on.

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  • Alice: Very insightful. I shall take your advice :]
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