What the Olympics mean to China (Chinese perspective)

Fascinating, well-written post by a Mainlander studying overseas on how the meaning of the Olympics has shifted (or is shifting) for Mainlanders:

“…when China acquired the privilege to host the games, it was under a different administration, one that focused on (obsessively) the outside world, or, rather, the West. … Their vision of the game as a self-celebration party with foreigners (westerners) as adoring house guests spilled into the population and caught on.

When those guys were gone and the current administration took over … the perceived significance of the Olympics, changed.”

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