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The Impact of the Olympics in China
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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04/25/2008
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James He, Fairfield University Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management: Phto by Chion WolfJames He, Fairfield University Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management: Photo by Chion Wolf The controversy surrounding the Beijing Games is threatening to overshadow the world's biggest sporting event slated to begin in early August. Worldwide protests against China's human rights record, it's environmental misdeeds, it's handling of Tibet, and other ethnic and religious groups within it's borders has made politics, not sports, the center of the story.

So, what is the impact of this controversy? What do the games mean to China? And, what does this Olympic stage mean for those who protest it's policies?

Vera Schwarcz, Wesleyan, Chair of the Freeman East Asia Studies Program: Photo By Chion WolfVera Schwarcz, Wesleyan, Chair of the Freeman East Asia Studies Program: Photo By Chion Wolf

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The tit-for-tat Olympic boycotts of Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984 had no effect on the host nations. Instead, they only served to dash the dreams of dedicated athletes throughout the world who were deprived of a chance to represent their nations and compete in their sports at the highest level.

Before supporting an Olympic boycott, ask yourself this question: would it have been better if Jesse Owens had not run in the Berlin Olympics in 1936? By competing there he was able to show the world --and the host Nazis-- what it means to enjoy the freedoms of American society, and how a system where the best are recognized for merit, and not race, was truly the superior system.

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