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Pledging as a Way to Motivate Paid Staff and Volunteers at the Beach Volleyball Ground

Posted August 7, 2008 | 16:08:12 (EST)

After working at the beach volleyball ground for a month, I have found that pledging has become an important way to motivate people to serve the Beijing Olympics here. Various pledging ceremonies have been held in the past few months. In June, there was a pledging conference for Chinese media...

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Chinese Beach Volleyball Babies

Posted August 7, 2008 | 11:52:07 (EST)

When Chinese spectators go to watch beach volleyball in the Chaoyang Beach Volleyball court, they might be pleasingly or offensively surprised that Chinese girls in bikinis are going to dance in front of audiences whenever there is a break. These girls are called Shatan Baobei (beach babies), a term that...

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Experiencing the Beijing Olympics on a Daily Basis

Posted August 6, 2008 | 11:39:28 (EST)

There are only three more days to go for the Beijing Olympics. Flags of different colors are flying on the streets and along highways in Beijing. Flags normally include slogans such as "one world, one dream," and "Beijing 2008" with the Olympic rings and images of the five mascots, which...

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The Beijing Olympics and Chinese Women

Posted August 4, 2008 | 17:27:35 (EST)

In Modern China, the image of women is always closely related to the image of the nation. During the New Cultural Movement starting in 1915, Chinese women were viewed as essential for making China into a new and modern nation and for bringing up future-oriented Chinese citizens. One of the...

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Eager Olympic Sports Fans in China

Posted July 25, 2008 | 11:43:44 (EST)

When Western leaders are talking about the human rights issue in China and boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, China's response is always like "the Olympics are merely sport events. No politics should be involved." Such responses often encounter critical skepticism not just in the West and but...

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The Transformation of the Beijing Olympics from National Pride into Beijing Anxiety

Posted July 14, 2008 | 16:00:31 (EST)

When Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics on July 13, 2007, there was a genuine sense of enthusiasm nationwide. Beijing residents poured onto the street to celebrate. People cheerfully walked toward the Tiananmen Square. They greeted and hugged strangers. Some even shed tears of happiness. In Wangfujing, the most popular...

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