Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Should the US boycott the Beijing Olympics?

I have the utmost respect for Chinese culture, esp. as that's where Korea gets a lot of its culture, including its Eastern medicine practice.

However, there are a lot of things about modern China that scare me, not least the environmental problems wrought by a rapidly industrializing country driven by economic concerns. But also, I was walking by a Falun Gong protest on campus and in NYC and picked up their literature. I practice chi gong myself (a generic term for exercises that move around your chi, or "spirit") and I can't see what the Falun Gong adherents are doing that's so threatening except that they are devoting themselves wholeheartedly and peacefully to a practice they believe in.

I think it behooves us to look into this issue a little more closely.

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On August 3, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the Ranking Member on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, introduced a House Resolution to boycott the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

He explained, "The Olympics represent the noblest elements of humanity and the Chinese regime represents the opposite. The Olympic torch is supposed to be a beacon of light shining upon mankind's higher aspirations in the world and it's a travesty to have that torch hosted by a regime that is the world's worst human rights abuser."



Because she practiced Falun Gong, Ms. Wei Fengju was tortured to near death in the Heizuizi Forced labor Camp. Unable to recover, she passed away on July 11, 2007.

On March 28, 2007, actress Mia Farrow, a good-will ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund, drew the world's attention to the Beijing Olympics when she and her son Ronan wrote an op-ed article for the Wall Street Journal [1]. In the article, Farrow launched a campaign to label the 2008 Olympics the "Genocide Olympics." Her forthright candor gave voice to the world's awakening shock at Communist China's ever-burgeoning atrocities, its total disregard for human values and its severe human rights violations.

Not only is China bankrolling Darfur's Genocide [2]; for more than eight years it has sought to eliminate Falun Gong, which in 1999 had an estimated 70 million practitioners in China; it has likewise abused democracy activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, religious leaders, journalists, trade unionists, Tibetan Buddhists, Uighurs, ''unofficial'' church members, and political dissidents.

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6 comments:

omelas said...

Yes.

There are more reasons to do so and more imperative than most people think.

Did you see the op-ed in the WaPost this week?

US investors are funding even more airtight means of suppression in China.

Green Fertility Marie said...

Could you send me the link--or post it in a comment? Thanks for commenting!

Miranda said...

It's a tough call as the Olympics are supposed to set everything aside and be an act of peacemaking. But it's true what you say about China -- I've blogged a couple times myself about its censorship of the internet -- and the US has boycotted Olympics before, after all. (1980, Moscow.)

I doubt it will happen, not just because Bush will still be in office but because the US is up to its ears in investments in China and would never want to jeopardize its economic success for a little thing like human rights....

Susan G said...

I tried to find a book, using
Amazon search, "economics as if people mattered"; what came up was a list of titles which were all good nudges on the issues of public vs personal.

Don said...

Hello,

May I suggest a link related to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?

Our site:

URL: http://www.2008chinaolympics.com
Title: Beijing Olympics

Please let me know if you want a link back.
Many thanks for your reply.

Best Regards,

Don
chinaolympics8@gmail.com

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