Friday, August 22, 2008

I’m sure the IOC has carefully defined and strictly enforced rules about how country names appear on Olympic uniforms. It seems to me there is something wrong about “China” in English on the Chinese uniforms. I’m wondering how I would feel if I were Chinese and sitting in the stands reading my country name in English. I’d probably make some cynical remark like: “I guess size and host status doesn’t mean as much as I thought it should.” Or maybe I would be so influenced by the international dominance of the English alphabet that I wouldn’t give it a second thought.


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