Beijing 2008 Logo

China’s Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG) have unveiled the logo for the XXIX Olympiad. The official emblem of Beijing 2008 entitled “Chinese Seal-Dancing Beijing“.

 

The real story is what is behind the creation of China’s Beijing 2008 Olympic Games’ logo. How did China come up with the idea for Chinese Seal-Dancing Beijing?

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In just four easy steps China created the original art for the Beijing 2008 Games, summing up in vivid colors and design elements China’s culture, politics, and commitment to its beliefs. The logo beautifully symbolizes all that has made China the nation that it is today.

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12 Responses to “Beijing 2008 Logo”

  1. blackliberal Says:

    Oh my..

    Words failed me for a moment after viewing this but in many ways this not captures China’s policies but also the policies of many states China supports Burma and Sudan just to name a few.

    And I wonder how many people next year will be thinking about those people and their suffering during the Olympics?

  2. jonolan Says:

    The problem seems to me to be that Chinese “culture” is based on 6000 years of xenophobia and narcissism. The Chinese have never believed any non-Chinese people held any value whatsoever – except as a labor pool. That was exacerbated by the Communist revolution where the uneducated peasants overthrew the China educated classes and setup institutionalized mob rule.

    Remember that the only significant different between Mao Tse-Tung and Pol Pot is that Pol Pot wasn’t an atheist.

  3. Christy Says:

    You’re slackin’!

  4. Matthew Podoba Says:

    Jonolan,

    I’m adding you to my blogroll as I enjoy your blog. I hope you do the same.

    Please check recent comments on ‘GAP’ post. I hope my last comment clears things up. You’ve got me all wrong I think.

  5. jonolan Says:

    Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I have happily reciprocated; I meant to add you earlier anyway 🙂

  6. Dr. Engr. Says:

    I kind of scanned through the comic pics before. I didn’t notice what it showed until now. I almost laughed at the ingenious satire, but I remembered the human rights abuses in China.
    No matter how much they superficially show the world how humane they are, they are still an autocratic state that tramples on human rights.

  7. jonolan Says:

    Yep. Mr. Clemens said “all humor is based in sorrow.” – though rage may be a source as well. Sometimes you either have to laugh and perhaps mock in order not to cry or start shooting.

  8. Pat Says:

    Didn’t he (Mr. Clemens) say “There are lies, damn lies, then statistics.”

    You ever note that the two Ancient Chinese rulers we here in the West hear the most about were Ghengis and Kublai Khan and they weren’t even Chinese!

    I’ve always found this interesting! Both of these men understood that if the “peasents” in the northern part of the country weren’t satisfied, then they would have problems on their hands!

  9. jonolan Says:

    Pat,

    Very true on all counts.

  10. Brian Says:

    I too like your blog and am going to add you. I also (with credit given) have reposted this at World Gone Mad. I’m interested in what you said about the Chinese belief that no other ethnic people have value. That may very well be true. Clearly though it is whites in general and white Americans in particular who have always believed that they are above and better than anyone else on earth and have a right to dictate to and control whoever they want. I fell into that and actually believed it too until I finally left the US and got a different and better perspective.
    Great Blog

  11. jonolan Says:

    Thank you for stopping by! I dispute your assertion about Whites though. Cultures of every color have had feelings of superiority over other cultures. I too left the US for years at a time and found similar prejudices across most f the world.

    I think much of it stems, not from color or ethnicity, but from relative economic power and technology. Most groups disparage any other groups who have “lower’ cultural standards, and money and technology grant the leisure to develop culture.

  12. Dion Says:

    Sir, yes sir! I’m agreeing with you, but I don’t think everybody do. You should not be so rude, it frightens of.

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