We are beginning to see hope out of Barack Obama’s audacity in assembling his administration, barely eight weeks before his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States.
To many, the American dream includes a home with a garden. To others like myself, it includes a car or two — usually of U.S. make.
Taiwan let a golden opportunity to showcase its vibrant democracy to an envoy from mainland China, where democracy has yet to take root, slip last week. Instead, it was the flip side of Taiwan’s democracy — unruly, uncivilized, even violent — that was exposed to Chen Yunlin, the first high-ranking Chinese official to visit Taiwan in nearly six decades.
As the clock is ticking toward November 4, the entire world is asking the question: Will the American voters elect the first black candidate to the White House? Will Barack Obama, the front-running Democratic presidential nominee, defeat his Republican rival John McCain?
Taiwan’s much-vaunted democracy took a drubbing on Tuesday when the world’s major media, including CNN and the New York Times, broke the news that a visiting “Chinese envoy” was attacked in Taiwan by a group of violent protesters led by a pro-Taiwan independence politician of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama’s resounding campaign slogan, “Yes, we can,” seems more fitting for China.
It was hard not to feel shaken by the sight, lights and sound on the evening of Aug. 8, 2008 at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium, except for those who were extremely insensitive or who watched the powerful spectacle with a jaundiced eye.
No feast is to last forever, as the Chinese saying goes. So ended the world’s largest sports extravaganza in Beijing Sunday after 17 days of revelry.
The Chinese love eight, no less than the Westerners like seven. Eight has been proved again and again to be a lucky number.
Behind the glitter and glitz of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics last Friday lies a sobering reality unnoticed by a rapturous audience dazzled by the spectacle.