Final Paper

Final Paper - 1 Taylor Zea TA Seung Lim Beijing Olympics...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
1 Taylor Zea TA: Seung Lim Beijing Olympics 2008: A Grand Opening On August 8 th , 2008 Beijing, China will open its doors to the world in a grand ceremony welcoming the Olympic Games. Along with the athletes, competitions, and entertainment will be China’s appearance on the front stage displaying its entrance into the global economy. The decision to host the 2008 Olympics effectively introduced the booming economic developments and improvements of China to the world through a peaceful image of Olympic spirit that will alter public view of the Communist State. China’s bid to the Olympic Committee outlined its points of interest that place it above the other locations under consideration. These defining factors make Beijing stand out and exemplify the attributes of an ideal Olympic City. The goal of the CCP is to display Chinese characteristics in a positive light as it fights for a position among the recognized powerful nations. By bringing the Olympics to Beijing, China’s infrastructure and population have been affected along with the nation’s environment, but behind the face put on by the Communist government lies some setbacks still to be overcome. The third world identity of China is a point brought up in the bid for host since an Olympic Games hosted in an undeveloped country demonstrates the potential for growth. The Olympic Committee is demonstrating its expansion to more sites than just the industrial powerhouses of the West. International interest in the Chinese economy amplified exponentially in recent years with an annual increase of 12%, and the Olympic Games bring a light to China that will set the precedent for future business dealings in
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
2 years to come. In addition to the attention, it is the Games themselves that are helping to garner more development with $38 billion spent on preparing Beijing for 2008. 1 Migrant workers are flooding into the city to complete the twelve new sporting venues, new subway line and airport terminal. Post-Olympic use of the new facilities will encourage more international events to be hosted in Beijing as well as more locations for neighborhood events. With all the new buildings come sacrifices not so well illuminated by the Chinese government when they promote their modern developments and spectacles. In order to make room for the facilities necessary to host the world’s countries, historic sites and homes are destroyed. Demolishment of 5,000 hutongs in Beijing has forced crowding of five or six families into one single-story courtyard house. 2 Hutongs are the narrow alleyways that accommodate these small houses, but more downtown development leads to the elimination of historic neighborhoods. With migrant workers flooding to Beijing to fill the employment opportunities, more people are arriving to a city that is destroying the facilities that house them. Congestion is already a concern for the country that houses 23% of the global population, but this added strain is an issue the government has tried to downplay through its advertising of new construction such as
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This essay was uploaded on 02/25/2008 for the course EASC 150g taught by Professor Rosen during the Spring '07 term at USC.

Page1 / 8

Final Paper - 1 Taylor Zea TA Seung Lim Beijing Olympics...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online