Anniversaries: The Olympics and the Cultural Revolution


Today is the tenth anniversary of the Beijing Olympic Games, which officially began at 8:08 p.m. on the eighth day of the eighth month of 2008 — a surfeit of eights to delight superstitious feudalist and communist cadre alike. Some reading:

  • A ChinaFile conversation series on the legacy of the Beijing Olympics and how China has changed since then.
  • The People’s Daily website’s top story today (in Chinese) is titled “Ten years after the Beijing Olympics: Passing down the Olympic heritage, creating a ‘double Olympic city.’” The article praises the 2008 Games and looks forward to the 2022 Winter Games.
  • A trip down memory lane — for me, at least — these are articles from August 2008 from my old website, Danwei, and from the blogs Imagethief, ESWN, and Granite Studio:

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If the Cultural Revolution has an official start date, it was 52 years ago today, when the People’s Daily’s front page headline was: “Decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.”