Archive for the ‘Beijing 2008’ Category

OLYMPIC METTLE: Selected Resources on the Beijing Games from the Carnegie Council

June 5, 2008

Selected Resources on the Beijing Games from the Carnegie Council

With the start of the Summer Olympics drawing near, an expert panel met recently at the Carnegie Council to discuss “Olympic Mettle: Business, Civil Society, and Politics During the Beijing Games.”

The event featured scholar and journalist Ian Buruma; General Electric’s vice president of corporate citizenship Bob Corcoran; Qi Qianjin of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the UN; and Minky Worden of Human Rights Watch and editor of China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges. Journalist Thomas Crampton joined the group via video from Hong Kong, and Devin Stewart, director of the Council’s Global Policy Innovations program, moderated.

The very fact that the Chinese government permitted one of their officials to take part in a public discussion like this shows how much China has opened up in the last 30 years. Topics included the challenges corporations face in operating ethically and yet staying competitive, and a debate on whether durable good government and the exercise of human rights are possible in systems where officials are not democratically elected.

This event was part of the Carnegie Council’s Workshops for Ethics in Business series, which brings together top corporations and NGOs to share best practices in addressing ethical problems that organizations face. It was sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton’s strategy+business magazine, with additional support from Eli Lilly and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs.

To see a video of the Olympic Mettle event, click here

To listen to it, click here

To read an event summary with video clips, click here

To read the entire transcript, click here

To see Thomas Crampton’s video in its entirety, click here


Be sure to check out the Policy Innovations “Fairer Globalization” blog for frequent posts about the Games and other China issues.

Please see these additional resources on the Games (in chronological order):

One World, Many Slogans
Christina L. Madden, Carnegie Council
Just as China is using the Olympic Games to improve its image, some companies are using the Games to improve their corporate responsibility profiles. (Policy Innovations, April 4, 2008)

A Wolf in Monk’s Clothing?
Matthew Hennessey, Carnegie Council
He has reverent followers around the world, but inside China the Dalai Lama is not universally loved. Hennessy sat down with a number of young Chinese-American students to investigate these attitudes. (Policy Innovations, April 3, 2008)

Beijing Serves Up Sports Etiquette
Abigail Paris, Carnegie Council
China is training its spectators in cheering, clapping, and how to handle the occasional volleyball that flies into the stands. Mannered reactions are the goal—China is gunning for a perfect ten in Olympic hosting. (Policy Innovations, April 2, 2008)

Moral Medals: The Summer Games Will be Won Off the Field
Sacha Tessier-Stall, Nin-Hai Tseng, Carnegie Council
With violence in Darfur and Tibet, competition at the Olympics this summer will be political as well as athletic. (Policy Innovations, April 1, 2008)

Will China “Lose” the 2008 Olympics?
Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group
The Chinese Communist Party hoped to use the Games to showcase the country’s emergence as a dynamic, modern nation. But as China’s leaders begin final preparations for next August, they may be wondering if hosting the event was such a good idea after all. (Policy Innovations, November 29, 2007)

Next Year In Beijing?
Madeleine Lynn, Carnegie Council
When will China publicly acknowledge what really happened on June 4, 1989? Just as in Taiwan, change in China must surely come from within. But the rest of the world has a role to play also, and the Beijing Games provide an opportunity to do so. (Carnegie Ethics Online, June 4, 2007)


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Journalists at the Beijing 2008 Olympics

March 26, 2008
In an attempt to start assembling journalists that will be in Beijing, I’ve put together a Facebook group to share impressions, understanding and knowledge about orientation. If you’re going and you’re covering the Games as a journalist, please join the group:

Andy Miah

Beijing 2008 Torch Relay Route

March 24, 2008

Having just watched the lighting ceremony in Olympia, I wanted to find a brief indication of the route, in part to become more familiar with regions of China, but also to record details of the coverage. It’s also one of the most remarkable cultural events of the Olympic programme.

Date Arrival
Mar-24 Lighting Ceremony at Olympia – Reporters without Frontiers protest in stadium and Tibet protestors in Olympia
March 24–29 Torch Relay in Greece
Mar-30 Greece Hand-over Ceremony
Mar-31 Beijing
Apr-01 Heading to Almaty
Apr-02 Almaty
Apr-03 Istanbul
Apr-05 St. Petersburg
Apr-06 London
Apr-07 Paris
Apr-09 San Francisco
Apr-11 Buenos Aires
Apr-13 Dar es Salaam
Apr-14 Muscat
Apr-16 Islamabad
Apr-17 New Delhi
Apr-19 Bangkok
Apr-21 Kuala Lumpur
Apr-22 Jakarta
Apr-24 Canberra
Apr-26 Nagano
Apr-27 Seoul
Apr-28 Pyongyang
Apr-29 Ho Chi Minh City
May-02 Hong Kong
May-03 Macao
May-04 Sanya
May-05 Wuzhishan
May-05 Wanning
May-06 Haikou
May-07 Guangzhou
May-08 Shenzhen
May-09 Huizhou
May-10 Shantou
May-11 Fuzhou
May-12 Quanzhou
May-12 Xiamen
May-13 Longyan
May-14 Ruijin
May-15 Jinggangshan
May-16 Nanchang
May-17 Wenzhou
May-17 Shaoxing
May-18 Hangzhou
May-19 Ningbo
May-19 Jiaxing
May 20-21 Shanghai
May-22 Suzhou
May-22 Nantong
May-23 Taizhou
May-23 Yangzhou
May-24 Nanjing
May-25 Hefei
May-27 Huainan
May-27 Wuhu
May-28 Jixi
May-28 Huangshan
May-29 Wuhan
May-30 Yichang
May-31 Jingzhou
Jun-01 Yueyang
Jun-02 Changsha
Jun-03 Shaoshan
Jun-04 Guilin
Jun-05 Nanning
Jun-06 Baise
Jun-07 Kunming
Jun-08 Lijing
Jun-09 Xamgyi’nyilha
Jun-10 Guiyang
Jun-11 Kaili
Jun-12 Zunyi
June 13-14 Chongqing
Jun-15 Guang’an
Jun-15 Mianyang
Jun-16 Guanghan
Jun-16 Leshan
Jun-17 Zigong
Jun-17 Yibin
Jun-18 Chengdu
Jun-19 Shannan Diqu
June 20-21 Lhasa
Jun-22 Golmud
Jun-23 Qinghai Hu
Jun-24 Xining
Jun-25 Urumqi
Jun-26 Kashi
Jun-27 Shihezi
Jun-27 Changji
May-28 Dunhuang
Jun-28 Jiangyuguan
Jun-29 Jiuquan
Jun-30 Tianshui
Jun-30 Lanzhou
Jul-02 Zhongwei
Jul-03 Wuzhong
Jul-04 Yinchuan
Jul-05 Yan’an
Jul-06 Yangling
Jul-06 Xianyang
Jul-07 Xi’an
Jul-08 Yuncheng
Jul-08 Pingyao
Jul-09 Taiyuan
Jul-10 Datong
Inner Mongolia
Jul-11 Hohhot
Jul-12 Ordos
Jul-12 Baotou
Jul-13 Chifeng
Jul-14 Qiqihar
Jul-15 Daqing
Jul-16 Harbin
Jul-17 Songyuan
Jul-17 Changchun
Jul-18 Jilin
Jul-19 Yanji
Jul-20 Shenyang
Jul-21 Benxi
Jul-21 Liaoyang
Jul-21 Anshan
Jul-22 Dalian
Jul-23 Yantai
Jul-23 Weihai
Jul-24 Qingdao
Jul-24 Rizhao
Jul-25 Linyi
Jul-25 Qufu
Jul-25 Taian
Jul-26 Jinan
Jul-28 Shangqiu
Jul-28 Kaifeng
Jul-29 Zhengzhou
Jul-30 Luoyang
Jul-31 Anyang
Aug-01 Shijiazhuang
Aug-02 Qinhuangdao
Aug-03 Tangshan
August 4-5 Tianjin
August 6-8 Beijing

Owning the Olympics (new publication)

March 5, 2008

New book with my following paper:

Miah, A., B. Garcia, et al. (2008). ‘We are the Media’: Non-Accredited Media & Citizen Journalists at the Olympic Gams. Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China. M. E. Price and D. Dayan. Michigan, University of Michigan Press: 320-345.

Owning the Olympics
Narratives of the New China

Monroe E. Price and Daniel Dayan, Editors

About the Book

“A major contribution to the study of global events in times of global media. Owning the Olympics tests the possibilities and limits of the concept of ‘media events’ by analyzing the mega-event of the information age: the Beijing Olympics. . . . A good read from cover to cover.”
—Guobin Yang, Associate Professor, Asian/Middle Eastern Cultures & Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University

From the moment they were announced, the Beijing Games were a major media event and the focus of intense scrutiny and speculation. In contrast to earlier such events, however, the Beijing Games are also unfolding in a newly volatile global media environment that is no longer monopolized by broadcast media. The dramatic expansion of media outlets and the growth of mobile communications technology have changed the nature of media events, making it significantly more difficult to regulate them or control their meaning. This volatility is reflected in the multiple, well-publicized controversies characterizing the run-up to Beijing 2008. According to many Western commentators, the People’s Republic of China seized the Olympics as an opportunity to reinvent itself as the “New China”—a global leader in economics, technology, and environmental issues, with an improving human-rights record. But China’s maneuverings have also been hotly contested by diverse global voices, including prominent human-rights advocates, all seeking to displace the official story of the Games.

Bringing together a distinguished group of scholars from Chinese studies, human rights, media studies, law, and other fields, Owning the Olympics reveals how multiple entities—including the Chinese Communist Party itself—seek to influence and control the narratives through which the Beijing Games will be understood.

SYNTHETIC TIMES – Media Art China 2008 (Beijing, June-July)

March 4, 2008

National Art Museum of China (NAMOC)
No. 1 Wusi Street Dongcheng District
Beijing 100010 P.R.China

Jun 10, 2008 -July 3, 2008

During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the National Art Museum of China will present “SYNTHETIC TIMES – Media Art China 2008” in its current location at the center of Beijing. NAMOC is the only national art museum in China that is dedicated to research, presentation and promotion of modern and contemporary arts. “SYNTHETIC TIMES – Media Art China 2008”, scheduled from June 10th to July 3rd, will be one of the most important cultural events leading up to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The exhibition will occupy approximately 4500 square meters (48000 square feet) of the museum gallery space and an additional outdoor area of ca. 2000 square meters (32000 square feet). The internationally recognized Dutch architecture firm NOX/Lars Spuybroek will architecturally transform the entire first floor of the museum in response to the nature of the works on display. A full-color catalogue will be co-published by NAMOC and the MIT Press to accompany the opening (with international distribution). An online forum dedicated to the discourse of the respective exhibition themes and beyond will be created prior to the opening of the event. A pre-Exhibition symposium will be held in New York City in collaboration with MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and other major cultural and educational institutions. The forum and the subsequent symposia will be moderated by a group of distinguished scholars and media arts professionals. Selected discussion essays will be included in the catalogue. Meanwhile, a number of satellite exhibition venues have been planed within the greater Beijing art community, engaging prominent galleries of the booming Beijing art scene. In addition, a number of special evening events during the opening days of the Exhibition are conceived to celebrate countries with significant contribution to the development of media art and culture.

Synthetic Times – Media Art China 2008 will showcase both established and emerging artists from approximately thirty countries, and over fifty media art installation works will be on view along with performances, workshops, presentations and discussion panels. To complement the theme exhibitions, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will contribute a special screening program consisting of seminal video art works. Ars Electronica is set to present the award winning Animation Festival while European Media Art Festival will bring in an edition of International Emerging Video Art. The Exhibition is envisaged as a landmark event in the history of contemporary Chinese art dedicated to embracing the most innovative artistic production and theorization to date, and aspiring to foster and advance new modes of thinking and novel ways of artistic engagement in an increasingly technologically immersed society and global cultural landscape, resonating with the leitmotifs of “Cultural Olympics” and “Hi-Tech Olympics” put forward by the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Supported by the Chinese government, international cultural foundations as well as embassies from the participating countries, renowned museums and media art institutions worldwide will collaborate with NAMOC to produce the Exhibition and its related events.

Media Art China is conceived as a brand name, which will take on the form of either Biennale or Triennial in the future.

IOC Blogging Guidelines

March 3, 2008

A week or so back the IOC launched their guidelines for blogging at the Beijing 2008 Games. The guidelines apply to ‘Accredited People’ and are directed principally towards athletes. In 2004, there were no guidelines for such practices, so these are a welcome articulation of the legal position athlets are in during Beijing.

Tomorrow, I’ll speak to Australia’s ABC radio about this subject, as there have been a number of incidents of interest that are particular to the Beijing Games, notably the prospect of its being utilized for political campaigning. While athletes are bound by the Olympic Charter to remain silent about their views during Games time or risk expulsion, it seems unlikely that this will transpire. Already, a number of athletes are converging around the Team Darfur initiative and the British Olympic Association has retreated on its modified contract for athletes.

The China Beat

January 30, 2008

A new blog with contributions from our friend Susan Brownell, writing about the Olympics: 

Prince Charles used in campaign to boycott Beijing Olympics

January 29, 2008

An interesting story, but not because Prince Charles is boycotting. Rather, I doubt very much that he was likely to go to the Games at all, so the boycott is entirely a publicity  stunt. All perfectly valid, but it begs the question as to what social significance the term boycott has. Surely, one has to have something at stake for the boycott to be some kind of principled sacrifice.

Free Tibet Campaign urging public figures to stay away

Owen Bowcott
Monday January 28, 2008
Guardian Unlimited

Prince Charles
Prince Charles won’t be going to Beijing in August. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

The Prince of Wales’ decision not to attend the Beijing Olympics is being used as the launchpad for an international campaign to persuade public figures to boycott the games..

Beijing’s forced evictions. What’s new?

January 24, 2008

In the UK, there has been a lot of coverage of ‘forced evictions’ surrounding the Beijing Games. This latest clip from the Guardian newspaper website offers a brief insight.

It extends what Channel 4 did in November 2007 with its documentary, China’s Olympic Lie, which, is on You Tube. It’s very difficult to penetrate these issues as an outsider, but while evictions seem to take place around many mega-events, it’s hard to dismiss the testimonies of people in this footage as to how difficult it can become if you pose an obstacle to Beijing’s Olympic progress.

New Media at the Beijing Olympics

July 7, 2007

I would like to inform you of an advertisement for a PhD studentship.
A stipend is attached to the studentship. Please feel welcome to contact me
directly in relation to this [preferably by email].

Please note that the deadline for applications is 27 July 2007, but the
formal advertisement does not appear until Monday 9th July, so there will be
no other information on the University website until then. However,
application documents are available. Please also note that applications can
be sent electronically.

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New Media at the Beijing Olympics
School of Media, Language & Music, University of Paisley, Scotland, UK.
Closing date: 27 July, 2007.

This project investigates the development of new media within China, in
association with the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. In so doing, it responds to
new agendas in media research in three areas: studies of the media in China,
studies of new media, and the role of the media in the construction of the
Olympic Games to an international audience. In combining these areas, the
student will focus on media discourses surrounding the Beijing Olympic
Games. The aim will be to consider the ‘external’ impression of the Beijing
Olympics, by studying the cultural and political dimensions of the Games.
This work will draw on key theoretical insights into international media
events and digital culture. It will also theorize the transformation of
journalism as a profession in the context of new media publishing and

Key concepts: citizen journalism, social software, media event, Olympics.

This research will draw on collaborative research projects undertaken by Dr
Miah with the London School of Economics and the University of East London.
Partner institutions also include various Beijing Universities, particularly
the Communication University of China, a leading provider of broadcasting
expertise in Beijing and China. Collaborations are also underway with the
Annenberg School of Communication, various new media organisations and the
student will be assisted to attend the Beijing Olympics in August 2008. The
student will support the teaching of ‘Sport & Spectacle’, a course directed
by Dr Miah focusing on the media, cultural and political aspects of the
Olympic Movement. The project also benefits from an External Adviser Charlie
Beckett, Director of POLIS at the London School of Economics. There will
also be an opportunity to provide Editorial Assistance to the academic
magazine ‘Culture at the Olympics’