Sports and Politics in Asia

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Find out how China is using the 2008 Beijing Olympics to promote its political agenda at home and abroad. Victor D. Cha talks about the history of sports as politics in Asia; he’s the author of the new book Beyond the Final Score .


Victor D. Cha

Comments [11]

Dan from NJ


You're saying that like being more honest than the current administration is that difficult. In any case, the Chinese government is significantly less honest and trustworthy. And to what end? What is the point of cheating in something as petty and meaningless as sports and the ceremonies surrounding them? It makes no sense.

I've not been to China. My Chinese friends say there are many beautiful places there. But they have, as the saying goes, voted with their feet.


Aug. 21 2008 11:54 PM
wu from alabama

to [9] Dan from NJ,

i think china's leaders are better than those of your country's in the all the aspects you mentioned.

btw, have you been to china or are you in china now?

Aug. 21 2008 10:14 PM
Dan from NJ

Well...that was very fluffy.


Aug. 21 2008 12:40 PM
Dan from NJ

Ask him how we can view China as anything but a government of cheaters and liars considering what has happened at the opening ceremonies and in the events? Lip-syncing? Underage gymnasts? Does any of this ring a bell?

Ask him any tough question!


Aug. 21 2008 12:33 PM
john from upper west side

mr cha is critically fair and well ballanced in his comments

Aug. 21 2008 12:29 PM
Jay F. from west village

What about the Tibetan Protesters fatally shot on Aug. 18th. !40 unconfirmed dead. 6 missing Americans...

And what about the arrest of European Journalists in Beijing.

And so on...

The Olympics should have never been given to China.

Aug. 21 2008 12:29 PM

For lots of Asian countries sports is the only venue where it's legal for lots of citizens to assemble voluntarily. As with religious venues there (and often here in the US of course) the benign stadium becomes much more than an apolitical arena of sports fans. Lots of examples, incl recent riots in HCMC, Vietnam, at a regional soccer matchup. This Olympics is China's political event of the decade as its leaders well knew in 2001 and today.

Aug. 21 2008 12:26 PM
Dan from NJ

Cellphone cameras are only able to photograph what they are allowed access to. How can Mr. Cha say that tourists with their cellphones are a serious or even noticeable factor?


Aug. 21 2008 12:23 PM
john from upper west side

the olympics are commerce and commerce is about money.

Security is a major concern and terrorist activity comes in many forms. Allot was at stake for China. Considering everything the countries there with world issues they should not be critized, for lip sinking.

They have learned sales promotion from the experts in advertising/promotion olimpics. The USA. They deserve an oscar for restraint and overall good will. Lets see how well we do during the Republican/Democratic conventions.

Aug. 21 2008 12:20 PM
Dan from NJ

Is Mr. Cha in the employ of some Chinese concern? His downplaying of Chinese governmental lies, misdeeds, and depredations is startling if not staggering!


Aug. 21 2008 12:20 PM
gabby from new york

She was NOT singing the national anthem. She was singing a song called (translated to) "Ode to the Motherland", which is NOT the national anthem. See

Please don't be so casual about it. That's the least journalists can do.

Aug. 21 2008 12:11 PM

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