Through The Static

April 8, 2008

Torch divides San Francisco’s Chinese community

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Race,Sports,World News — Tranimal @ 1:29 pm


San Francisco’s large Chinese American community is divided about the Olympic torch’s passage through their city on Wednesday, with some saying protesting the symbol headed to their ancestral home could prove an embarrassing distraction.

Local groups have already staged a series of demonstrations, most dramatically on Monday when Tibetan activists scaled the cables of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to hang “Free Tibet” banners.

“We know this is highly distressing to the Chinese government,” said Tsering Lama, 23, a Tibetan protest supporter visiting from Toronto. “Until they resolve the issue in Tibet, they will continuously be judged.”

“The torch run is an Olympic event – it should not be political,” he said. “This is a joyous event.”

1968 OlympicsA lot of Chinese/Americans are making the claim that this is not a “political” event. But they fail to understand that sports and athletes was able to use their fame and big sporting events as a way to communicate political and social issues of the time (AKA Muhammad Ali or Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics with the fist solidarity). Check out this Alternet article about Sports and Resistance in the USA. Athletes, much like artists, have the power and agency to voice their opinions on the world, they are just not lots of muscle and strength, but they also have the capacity to use their fame and money for positive political and social purposes.


1 Comment »

  1. It is a shame that the athletes who have worked so hard to get to the Olympics would get caught up in this nonsense.

    Comment by Ben Keeler — April 8, 2008 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

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