Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Brought to you by the Party Office of Spiritual Civilization Development and Guidance...

This is the state-approved method of cheering for the glorious People's Republic of China*:


Step 1: Clap two times (while chanting 奥运, "Olympics")
Step 2: Hands in fists with thumbs up, arms extended upward (while chanting, 加油, "Let's go!")
Step 3: Clap two time (while chanting 中国, "China")
Step 4: Hands in fists, arms extended outward and upward (while chanting 加油, "Let's go!")

I don't know, I just find it really cute that China even has a "Party Office of Spiritual Civilization Development and Guidance", a "Beijing Etiquette Institute" and has a state-sanctioned cheer which, in the words of Li Ning, head of aforementioned Beijing Etiquette Institute, "expresses the "Citius, Altius, Fortius" Olympic spirit and is in line with general international principles for cheering, while at the same time possessing characteristics of Chinese culture. Overall, the cheer unites both gestures and words into a smooth, flowing whole." Seriously, I thought people only write like that for those ludicrous Feng Shui books. And what on earth do they mean by "general international principles for cheering"? Are there International Cheering Standards that I should be aware of?

But hey, can't blame them for trying, eh? 奥运加油! 中国加油!

* Not kidding. Extracted from here.

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