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freestyle2music
Aug. 8, 2008, 02:17 PM
You probably won't believe this :

The roofs of the five judgeboxes had to be repainted. The roofs of the judgesboxes were painted in green. However green roofs in China are only for houses of women who had an affair outside their marriage. So the organisation decided to paint the roofs in a new color (yellow/gold).

This is not a joke ! And......... it's obvious that the Chinese organisers don't know the judges <lol>
or could it be that this rule is only applicable to cheating women and not to men ?

Frank B
Aug. 8, 2008, 03:49 PM
Oops!

Ajierene
Aug. 8, 2008, 04:03 PM
That is amusing!

BAC
Aug. 8, 2008, 04:44 PM
Chinese women really have to put up with this kind of crap? Do they also get branded with a scarlet A? I am still angry that the Olympics were even awarded to a country with such a dismal human rights history.

HuntrJumpr
Aug. 8, 2008, 05:27 PM
Wow BAC. Way to add something constructive to an interesting note that was simply related to the host country's traditions and customs.

Pat
Aug. 8, 2008, 05:47 PM
Well, I'm with BAC. While it may be mildly amusing to some people here, I don't find it funny at all. This is just one of many, many things.

China DOES have a dismal track record with human rights in general. This just puts a highlight on thier attitude towards women.

They aren't all that great on the environment either.

Did you see the NBC report about water?? They are preventing rice farmers from growing rice, in order to save water. Just imagine the obvious ramifications of preventing people from doing the ONE thing that they have for income! Add to that thier own environmentalists are trying to tell deaf ears that the way they are handling this will leave a long lasting negative impact.

Yup, I could have picked a better venue with my eyes closed, with a map and a dart.

ridgeback
Aug. 8, 2008, 05:56 PM
Well, I'm with BAC. While it may be mildly amusing to some people here, I don't find it funny at all. This is just one of many, many things.

China DOES have a dismal track record with human rights in general. This just puts a highlight on thier attitude towards women.

They aren't all that great on the environment either.

Did you see the NBC report about water?? They are preventing rice farmers from growing rice, in order to save water. Just imagine the obvious ramifications of preventing people from doing the ONE thing that they have for income! Add to that thier own environmentalists are trying to tell deaf ears that the way they are handling this will leave a long lasting negative impact.

Yup, I could have picked a better venue with my eyes closed, with a map and a dart.

Right on BAC and Pat!!!

Equibrit
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:17 PM
Well - I guess I won't be inviting any Chinese folks to visit!

Equibrit
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:19 PM
Well, I'm with BAC. While it may be mildly amusing to some people here, I don't find it funny at all. This is just one of many, many things.

China DOES have a dismal track record with human rights in general. This just puts a highlight on thier attitude towards women.

They aren't all that great on the environment either.

Did you see the NBC report about water?? They are preventing rice farmers from growing rice, in order to save water. Just imagine the obvious ramifications of preventing people from doing the ONE thing that they have for income! Add to that thier own environmentalists are trying to tell deaf ears that the way they are handling this will leave a long lasting negative impact.

Yup, I could have picked a better venue with my eyes closed, with a map and a dart.

Americans do propaganda too! What is wrong with you people? Who are you trying to impress with your magnanimous and inclusive attitude?

tlw
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:19 PM
"It's obvious the Chinese organizers don't know the judges. . . ." What's up with that? Insinuating the judges have been carrying on extramarital affairs is not funny in my book.

whitewolfe001
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:22 PM
Agree with BAC... quite frankly I am surprised that the Olympics are being held there. Even aside from the politics, there are a lot of other worries about safety.

Equibrit
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:23 PM
"It's obvious the Chinese organizers don't know the judges. . . ." What's up with that? Insinuating the judges have been carrying on extramarital affairs is not funny in my book.


That is HUMOR! I guess we won't be reading your book!

Equibrit
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:31 PM
There is every chance that these games mark the "coming out" of China; that it would signal a shift in the way they interact with the rest of the world. You have a lot to thank their culture for and could learn a lot from them. Instead of welcoming and including them to the world community you folks are sniping, bitching, and picking at them with your ignorant and ill formed views. I hadn't, until now, realized that meanness was a particularly American trait. Way to go!

Ajierene
Aug. 8, 2008, 06:46 PM
There is every chance that these games mark the "coming out" of China; that it would signal a shift in the way they interact with the rest of the world. You have a lot to thank their culture for and could learn a lot from them. Instead of welcoming and including them to the world community you folks are sniping, bitching, and picking at them with your ignorant and ill formed views. I hadn't, until now, realized that meanness was a particularly American trait. Way to go!

To many it is easier to see the splinter in another's eye than the plank in their own. It is a common human trait.

Hopeful Hunter
Aug. 8, 2008, 07:31 PM
a very interesting take on China's hopes for the Olympics, from someone who worked on their bid:

<http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bal-op.olympics08aug08,0,4539457.story>

ridgeback
Aug. 8, 2008, 08:24 PM
There is every chance that these games mark the "coming out" of China; that it would signal a shift in the way they interact with the rest of the world. You have a lot to thank their culture for and could learn a lot from them. Instead of welcoming and including them to the world community you folks are sniping, bitching, and picking at them with your ignorant and ill formed views. I hadn't, until now, realized that meanness was a particularly American trait. Way to go!

It looks like the Europeans are doing more protesting around the world then we are:( http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080809/ap_on_re_eu/oly_world_protests

It's nice to see you don't have to look far to see the hypocrisy in all of this.. How much sense does it make that the world would not allow South Africa to participate in the olympics for 28 years and then the world turns around and GIVES the olympics to China...I do agree we do have a lot to thank their culture for and I suggest the Chinese goverment re-read the Tao Te Ching...

vineyridge
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:24 AM
My house has a green roof! I chose it myself.

Guess I better not have any people from Red China to visit. Or would they turn around and leave when they saw my roof from the driveway? :mad:

Albion
Aug. 9, 2008, 03:22 AM
My house has a green roof! I chose it myself.

Guess I better not have any people from Red China to visit. Or would they turn around and leave when they saw my roof from the driveway? :mad:

Oh for god's sakes. :rolleyes: Last I checked, one of the CCP's directives for a long time was getting rid of tradition and superstition. There was this little thing in the 1960s called the Cultural Revolution, and never mind the heaps of smaller campaigns aimed at eradicating superstition and 'old' culture. If anything, don't have anyone from Taiwan or Hong Kong come visit. But oh, I forgot - those pinko commies, must all be rude neanderthals. I'll be sure to inform my Chinese friends that they should start acting like rude pigs. They've apparently been falling down on their pinko duty - what WOULD Mao say?

I have also NEVER heard of the 'green roof' thing in either modern or historical accounts. It actually makes about ZERO sense in terms of 'traditional' family structure, housing layout, and legal system, and considering most people these days don't live in single family dwellings, doesn't make sense in a post '49 context, either (but hey, why worry about logic, facts, or history when there's some 'new' issue to foam at the mouth about?). Which isn't to say it doesn't exist, but please don't act as if this is nationwide thing - very, VERY few cultural aspects can be called 'Chinese' as in 'practiced this way in all of China.' Green was actually used in many wedding ceremonies in the Pearl River Delta, near Guangzhou. It's not necessarily an unlucky color & to the contrary, was used in ceremonies that demanded lots of 'luck.'

There are also innumerable buildings with green roofs - some very, very important buildings, for that matter. The National Palace Museum in Taiwan has green roofs on just about everything in the complex - and superstition runs MUCH deeper in Taiwan than it does in Mainland China.

Reynard Ridge
Aug. 9, 2008, 08:18 AM
I have also NEVER heard of the 'green roof' thing in either modern or historical accounts. It actually makes about ZERO sense in terms of 'traditional' family structure, housing layout, and legal system, and considering most people these days don't live in single family dwellings, doesn't make sense in a post '49 context, either (but hey, why worry about logic, facts, or history when there's some 'new' issue to foam at the mouth about?). Which isn't to say it doesn't exist, but please don't act as if this is nationwide thing - very, VERY few cultural aspects can be called 'Chinese' as in 'practiced this way in all of China.' Green was actually used in many wedding ceremonies in the Pearl River Delta, near Guangzhou. It's not necessarily an unlucky color & to the contrary, was used in ceremonies that demanded lots of 'luck.'.

A friend of mine who is Chinese (born in Beijing, currently living in Nanjing) and I were working on making costumes for our children's school play (in Nanjing). We were making little elf costumes with little green hats. She was VERY clear that while it was (borderline) okay for the children to wear little green hats, never would a Chinese person wear a green hat. She told me it meant that they were cuckolded. One person, of course, does not a cultural tradition, and she was from Beijing, so it could certainly be a regional thing, or maybe even just her personal family superstition, but my response to the OP was, oh, so a roof too?

chai
Aug. 9, 2008, 08:21 AM
I think this is an interesting piece of information that gives insight to the Games and the cultural differences. While in the bigger picture, I understand that there are some serious issues going on with human rights in China, I also see the humor in this little story. I also have a green roof on my run-in, and I have seen my TB mare making eyes at her neighbor.

Reynard Ridge
Aug. 9, 2008, 08:22 AM
Guess I better not have any people from Red China to visit. Or would they turn around and leave when they saw my roof from the driveway? :mad:

Why would they leave? If it were my friend, she would just think your husband was a cuckold.

Albion
Aug. 9, 2008, 12:41 PM
A friend of mine who is Chinese (born in Beijing, currently living in Nanjing) and I were working on making costumes for our children's school play (in Nanjing). We were making little elf costumes with little green hats. She was VERY clear that while it was (borderline) okay for the children to wear little green hats, never would a Chinese person wear a green hat. She told me it meant that they were cuckolded. One person, of course, does not a cultural tradition, and she was from Beijing, so it could certainly be a regional thing, or maybe even just her personal family superstition, but my response to the OP was, oh, so a roof too?

RR - I'm aware of the hat thing, which is reasonably wide spread, at least from my limited experience when talking about headgear (curious about the origins of that - I'm TAing for a course in Chinese material culture for the summer, I'll ask the professor on Tuesday). We are not, however, talking about hats. ;) I was also referring to the use of green sedan chairs (red is more 'traditional' for brides). Though, if we're speaking of 'structures' and things that go over one's head, a sedan chair is probably closer to a pavilion than a hat.

Regardless, I've seen plenty of green roofed structures - not particularly uncommon for pavilion-like structures. Maybe someone simply didn't like the way it looked from a distance?

Ajierene
Aug. 9, 2008, 04:48 PM
I was just watching the end of bike racing and after the finish, the camera panned up and around. Very distinctly green roofs on a palace or temple of some sort.

Either the original post was incorrect in some way or the green roof tradition is regional to Hong Kong. That makes sense since the Equestrian sports were originally going to be in Beijing and got moved. The roofs may have been painted already, or colors picked out. After the move to Hong Kong, someone found out about a local tradition.

Pat
Aug. 10, 2008, 10:16 PM
It's nice to see you don't have to look far to see the hypocrisy in all of this.. How much sense does it make that the world would not allow South Africa to participate in the olympics for 28 years and then the world turns around and GIVES the olympics to China...I do agree we do have a lot to thank their culture for and I suggest the Chinese goverment re-read the Tao Te Ching...

Yeah, that.

Equibrit, using big words doesn't make you impressive, sorry.

Take off the rose glasses.

All I need to do is remember the image of students standing in front of tanks. Or Tibetan monks in prison.

I know plenty of CHINESE people. (yes, actual ex-pats) My problem is NOT WITH CHINESE PEOPLE. My problem is with THIER REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT. Just the same as I have a problem with the Taliban taking the Islamic religious restrictions on women to the extreme of making them wear garments that were practically grain sacks! (among so many other things) I have a problem with ANY repressive governmental power.

I'll welcome them into the world community just as soon as they make true, tangible efforts towards cleaning up thier human rights problems and thier negative impact on the environment. Or did I just imagine that smog on the TV? It looked like a California wild fire should have been in the background.

That's right, Albion, they are all pinko commies. Watching alot of "All in the Family" reruns lately?? Sheesh.

Equibrit
Aug. 11, 2008, 12:07 AM
Equibrit, using big words doesn't make you impressive, sorry.



I wasn't aware that I had.