Being an olympic fan, and if I can say, a fan of China (Asia) as well, I was glued to the TV. Yes, though it was a Friday night, but it is a must-watch event 'not to be missed!'.
Opening Ceremony Highlights & Messages
The Opening Ceremony was simply spectacular. But behind the shine & glitter performances, China really took this opportunity to inform the world about itself in some subtle ways... here are some things I noticed, which I think are its messages:
1. The night was beautiful with the 'bird's nest' stadium in all its glow. This remarkable building is truly a architecture masterpiece, especially so at night. And it fits in so well with the snippets of its surrounding, including the square blue aquatic pool. Clearly, it shows that China emphasis a lot on image, so much so that when they do something, they do it in a big, grand & 'beautiful' way!
2. On the ceremony, what impressed me is how the Chinese bring thousands of performers together. This is no easy task especially with co-ordination. But I believe this is part in the event to showcase China's strength in its people. And with a huge population & talent, it clearly shows that China is ready to be the 'centre of the world'.
3. China took this opportunity to also reinforce what the Chinese has done to made an impact to the world, like the paper making - reinforcing the strength & brains of the Chinese. I think this shows that China is ready to be a part of creation & invention once again.
4. The coming in of the athletes in the non conforming way of the usual alphabetical order. I believe that this shows that China is prepared not to heed any rules, but instead is ready to make its own rules (in fact, it already has) for the world to follow.
Ask me a few years back, and I wouldn't be so receptive to China because of my lack of knowledge & understanding of the country... and even now, I don't really know China that well especially compared to my Chinese friends here.
But my perception of China has changed somewhat in the past recent years and I am in full support of this awaken dragon. This games has somewhat made a stamp for Beijing & China globally, reinforcing my belief that China will be the next superpower in the years to come.
So really, Let The Games Begin - to the Olympic Games... and to China in its quest of being the number 1 super-power in the world :)