Posts Tagged ‘China

12
Jan
09

Beckham Make Bang-Time Happy Explosion

beckham_condomsDavid Beckham is widely considered an attractive helium-voiced man and a Chinese condom manufacturer is taking advantage of that attraction by slapping his face onto their condom boxes. The condom company is saying that using their condoms will help users score in the bedroom like Beckham does on the field. I guess that means that you’ll prance around and then leave the game early with an ankle injury…

Some Chinese fans of Beckham though are less than pleased with these condoms, “We do not want Beckham to think the Chinese people are disrespecting him. We love him here,” the Sun quoted one as saying.

Beckham’s representatives had only this to say, “It’s not an official brand.”

I look forward to the day when the Slanch unofficial condoms go on the market. Of course, I’m more looking forward to the photo shoot where they drench my chest in oil, but that’s a whole other story…

[Yahoo!]

15
Aug
08

The Chinese Show Their Sportsmanship

52 minutes into their soccer match, Chinese athletics took a sharp nosedive from respectability when Tan Wangsong kicked Belgian soccer player Sebastien Pocognoli directly into the nuts. Apparently Pocognoli’s wang wasn’t enough of a chanteuse for the Chinese and thus this necessary step had to be taken. Wangsong’s was the first of two Chinese red cards in the game, in which they eventually lost, the second coming when the team captain elbowed someone.

These types of incidents are not unknown amongst the Chinese soccer set though, in fact, they are almost common. The Chinese take a lot of pride in soccer, despite their team only qualifying for one World Cup, (Japan/Korea) where they were held without a goal for the entire tournament. After losing to Brazil in an Olympic game, there was a mini-riot outside the stadium until police came and broke it up, so this craziness is not just left to the players on the pitch.

“Most of the men’s soccer players are poorly educated,” Xu Guoqi a professor at Kalamazoo College and author on a book regarding Chinese soccer said, “One soccer player even tried to stab somebody to death in a bar fight.”Among the other poor activities on the men’s soccer team include in March 2007, a former goalkeeper for the national team, Liu Yunfei, being arrested on drug charges. Another goalie, An Qi, was caught with a prostitute in a hotel in 2005. But then again, who amongst us HASN’T been caught with a Chinese prostitute at least once?

09
Jun
08

Who is Excited for the Olympics!

The Summer Olympics are due to start in Beijing in only a few weeks, and the Chinese government has been very busy constructing new facilities, cleaning up the city, jailing dissidents, etc, in preparation. The eyes of the world will be on Beijing this summer and the Chinese want to make sure that the games go off without a hitch. I only hope people can see them.


This is the view of James Fallows, a writer for The Atlantic, from his apartment in downtown Beijing. Get excited world!




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