A friend sent me a copy of a poem that is making its way around the Internet about the Sichuan earthquake, written in Chinese by an unknown author and translated by a Toronto-based earthquake engineer named Alex Tang. As much coverage as the earthquake has gotten in the States – including a PSA by Yao Ming being broadcast during the NBA playoffs and lots of national coverage, with many papers having sent journalists to the region – it’s still next to impossible to get a sense of the tragedy on this side of the ocean (I’m writing from the U.S. right now). This poem really speaks to the pain of the families who have lost children in the quake. My prayers go out to them.
å¿« (Hurry up)
æŠ“ç´§å¦ˆå¦ˆçš„æ‰‹ (Tightly hold your Momâ€™s hand)
åŽ»å¤©å ‚çš„è·¯ (The road to heaven)
å¤ªé»‘äº† (is too dark)
å¦ˆå¦ˆæ€•ä½ (Mom is afraid that)
ç¢°äº†å¤´ (you hit your head)
å¿« (Hurry up)
æŠ“ç´§å¦ˆå¦ˆçš„æ‰‹ (Tightly hold your Momâ€™s hand)
è®©å¦ˆå¦ˆé™ªä½ èµ° (Let Mom keep you company)
æ€• (I am afraid)
å¤©å ‚çš„è·¯ (The road to heaven)
å¤ªé»‘ (is too dark)
æˆ‘çœ‹ä¸è§ä½ çš„æ‰‹ (I cannot see your hand)
å€’å¡Œçš„å¢™ (the wall collapsed)
æŠŠé˜³å…‰å¤ºèµ° (it took the sun light away)
æˆ‘å†ä¹Ÿçœ‹ä¸è§ (I cannot see )
ä½ æŸ”æƒ…çš„çœ¸ (your lovely eyes again)
ä½ èµ°å§ (You can go)
å‰é¢çš„è·¯ (the road in front of you)
å†ä¹Ÿæ²¡æœ‰å¿§æ„ (has no sorrow any more)
æ²¡æœ‰è¯»ä¸å®Œçš„è¯¾æœ¬ (there are no books that you cannot finish reading)
å’Œçˆ¸çˆ¸çš„æ‹³å¤´ (and your fatherâ€™s fist)
ä½ è¦è®°ä½ (you have to remember)
æˆ‘å’Œçˆ¸çˆ¸çš„æ‘¸æ · (my face and your fatherâ€™s face)
æ¥ç”Ÿè¿˜è¦ä¸€èµ·èµ° (letâ€™s finish walking this road together in our next life)
åˆ«æ‹…å¿§ (do not worry)
å¤©å ‚çš„è·¯æœ‰äº›æŒ¤ (the road to heaven is a bit crowded)
æœ‰å¾ˆå¤šåŒå¦æœ‹å‹ (I have a lot classmates and friends)
æˆ‘ä»¬è¯´ (we all say)
ä¸å“ (donâ€™t cry)
å“ªä¸€ä¸ªäººçš„å¦ˆå¦ˆéƒ½æ˜¯æˆ‘ä»¬çš„å¦ˆå¦ˆ (anyoneâ€™s Mom is our Mom)
å“ªä¸€ä¸ªå©åéƒ½æ˜¯å¦ˆå¦ˆçš„å©å (any child is Momâ€™s child)
æ²¡æœ‰æˆ‘çš„æ—¥å (the days without me)
ä½ æŠŠçˆ±ç»™æ´»çš„å©åå§ (give your love to the children alive)
ä½ åˆ«å“ (donâ€™t cry)
æ³ªå…‰ç…§äº®ä¸äº† (tears cannot light up the road)
æˆ‘ä»¬çš„è·¯ (our road)
è®©æˆ‘ä»¬è‡ªå·± (let us)
æ…¢æ…¢çš„èµ° (walk slowly)
æˆ‘ä¼šè®°ä½ä½ å’Œçˆ¸çˆ¸çš„æ¨¡æ · (I will remember your face and fatherâ€™s face)
è®°ä½æˆ‘ä»¬çš„çº¦å®š (remember our appointment)
æ¥ç”Ÿä¸€èµ·èµ° (of walking together in our next life)
Interesting blog post at the Guardian (UK) today about sporting rivalries. The Davis Cup final between Russia and the United States will be played this weekend – but how long will it be before China is considered a bona fide major sports nation, when measured by real athletic success? The piece below brings up some interesting points.
Taming of the Feuds (Guardian Unlimited, UK)
Press clips from today run the gamut from the latest LeBron James news out of China (where basketball is amazingly popular) to news of WADA recommending automatic four-year competition bans for first-time doping offenders, to controversy over Australia’s plans for future funding of Olympic sports.
Cavs star LeBron James looms large in Shanghai for NBA and Nike (The Canadian Press)
Four-year ban for doping (Daily Telegraph, Australia)
Olympics cash down to survival of fittest (The Age, Australia)
Olympic sports told medals key to funding (Herald Sun, Australia)
From the Huffington Post:
“Yao Ming, the Houston Rockets Center, a Chinese National and arguably the most popular athlete in the world is channeling his popularity for the cause. Yao is so troubled by the polluted air smothering his native Beijing, so concerned about his aging parents living there beneath the smog, that he is joining forces with Leonardo DiCaprio to create a campaign aimed at educating Chinese children, their parents, and their government. His message: China is a major contributor to Global Warming, and changes must be made to combat it right now, not shoved onto the backs of later generations.”
My comment: Good on Yao (and I’ll ask him about it this week in Houston to see if this story is really accurate); but his family is from Shanghai, not Beijing, and his parents – who are not even close to “aging” (they’re great-looking and in great shape) – live with him in Houston when he’s here for the NBA season. Reporters of the world, unite! And then, please, fact check your stories.
Al Gore and the sports world (Huffington Post)
UPDATE, Thursday, October 18: The CSB talked with Yao yesterday for an upcoming feature article for SI China’s NBA preview issue…and he says that while he would love to lend his name to every cause that asked him, he hasn’t done anything about global warming at this time because he simply has too many requests. – Ed.
China Bowl postponed until 2009.
NFL calls off China exhibition game (SI.com via the Associated Press)
A link to all of the news stories on news.google.com about the China Bowl cancellation
The article linked below was published before the news of the China Bowl cancellation but offers a great perspective – with lots of detail – on how the NFL is starting to introduce American football into youth culture in mainland China. Trivial Pursuit tidbit: the Mandarin Chinese term for American football is æ©„æ¦„çƒ, “ganlanqiu,” or “olive ball” – but beware, rugby is known by the same name in Chinese.
Finding footing on China’s playgrounds (Delaware Online, via the Associated Press)
Yes, according to Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press. It was supposed to be the first NFL preseason game held in China, and it was bigger than big: the Seattle Seahawks versus the New England Patriots on August 8, 2007 – one year to the day before the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympics – at Workers’ Stadium in Beijing. Read the complete SI.com story here and the AP story here. More to come as the story develops.
All kinds of news coming out of Doha, Qatar and this year’s Asian Games. The following is just a small sampling:
China Makes A Splash (Gulf Daily News)
Men’s Hockey: China in the Final (HuliQ.com)
Lots of Asian Games Results (The Hindu)
One of the things I love about regional events such as the Asian Games is that it gives sports that aren’t necessarily popular around the world a chance to shine in the places where they are played and loved by millions. One such example coming out of this year’s Asian Games is the net-ball sport of Sepak Takraw. Check out this Wikipedia article on its rules and origins – just from the photos it looks like a great game.
And is it really any surprise that the 2008 Olympic hosts are running away with the medal count? Slam! Sports (Canada) takes a look at China’s Asian Games success in 2006.
The Beijing 2008 world press briefing, more Liu Xiang and Allen Johnson to come, BOCOG news, another WTA event in Guangzhou…it’s all here (well, links to it are, anyway!) at the CSB.
Liu set to shine as season starts winding down (China Daily, via AFP)
Liu Xiang vs. Allen Johnson road show moves to Korea (IAAF)
Beijing 2008 World Press Briefing update (GamesBids.com)
International media get Olympic preview (China Daily)
BOCOG to provide quality service for news media (China Daily)
Delegation of Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan visiting China (Azertac)
Jankovic, Li roll in Guangzhou openers (The Sports Network)
Chakvetadze, Medina Garrigues advance in China (The Sports Network)
5th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture in Beijing, October 22-24 (International Olympic Committee)
IOC president speaks highly of sports development in Cyprus (with quotes from Chinese IOC member He Zhenliang – People’s Daily Online)
Cycling: Rider on road to Olympic first (Li Fuyu becomes first Chinese to sign with a UCI Pro Tour team (Discovery Channel) – People’s Daily Online)
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