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Posted by: Frederik Balfour on August 12, 2008
We were all awed by the tremendous artistry of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, especially the pyrotechnic display. But then organizers admitted that artistic director Zhang Yimou included computer-generated fireworks to enhance the real thing to wow television viewers even more. Click for the Reuters story here.
NBC meanwhile doctored the “live” transmission of the ceremony to give more prominence to the U.S. team parade.
Now there are more revelations that China has its very own 9-year-old Milli Vanilli. [For those of you too young to know about the infamous outing of that lip-syching duo, click here ]according to this BBC story , Lin Miaoke, the angel-faced darling who won the hearts of billions when she allegedly belted out “Ode to the Motherland” during the ceremonies wasn’t actually singing. The real voice broadcast belongs to Yang Peiyi, who according to musical director Chen Qigang, didn’t have the “flawless” face needed for the extravaganza.
No doubt you Chinese readers will tell me that as a Canadian that I don’t understand the importance of face. And after visiting China off and on since 1985, I’ll be the first to admit you are probably right. So let me defer to somebody swho does. In an email I just received from our Malaysian-Chinese summer intern, Sabrina Chan, she says: “I’m sad for all the less pretty girls with better talent. It’s a horrible message to send out.. ”
BusinessWeek’s team of Asia reporters brings you the latest insights on business, politics, technology and culture from some of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing economies. Eye on Asia’s bloggers include Asia regional editor Bruce Einhorn, Tokyo reporter Ian Rowley, Korea bureau chief Moon Ihlwan, Asia News Editor and China Bureau Chief. Dexter Roberts, and Hong Kong-based Asia correspondent Frederik Balfour.