So, yesterday (17 August 2008), the China Chinese Lin Dan easily defeated the Malaysian Chinese Lee Chong Wei in badminton to grab yet another gold for China.
And just before that, the China Chinese team easily trounced the Singapore team in table tennis.
They’re all Chinese, but the China Chinese played with a confidence, ferocity and even arrogance (especially bad boy pop star-alike Lin Dan) that seemed to cow their Nanyang (South Seas) counterparts. We were totally pwned by the China athletes.
Why did Malaysia and Singapore lose so badly, when they had played so confidently before and fought their way to the finals?
Without making any seditious slanders about doping, cheating, bribing or shadowy intimidation, theories still abound:
1) The China Chinese come from a nation of 1.2 billion. Bigger gene and talent pool.
2) Succeeding in sports is the all-and-all for China athletes – they have little alternative for making a living.
3) The treacherous sea turtles (hai gui) from Nanyang do not dare meet the eyes of their more patriotic motherland bethren!
4) The rabid support of the billion-strong proletariat in their homeland pours waves of psychic energy and chi into the China athletes, filling them with temporary superhuman powers.
5) China’s authoritarian system really drills it into their athletes, making them used to tremendous pressure.
But I’ll have to go with this theory:
6) The price of failure to get gold is far too high, thus spurring the China athletes to strive like they’re being chased by man-eater sharks.
Not bad old days of Communism, whole family dies for your- ailure which shames the Great Leader kind of price.
But nonetheless, via Michelle Malkin:
Beijing’s ruthless demand for perfection was highlighted when Tan Zongliang was made to squirm on China Central Television after missing out in the men’s 50m pistol competition.
Even though it was his first ever Olympic medal, he was harried until he bowed his head and admitted he had “let his country down” for not getting gold.
His grilling goes against the central belief of International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin, who stated: “The important thing is not to win, but to take part.”
…In the interview, a CCTV journalist asked Tan: “In your first shot you only got 7.9 points. What is the reason for this?”
“I was maybe a little bit anxious,” the 36-year-old replied, before adding: “Overall my performance was fine.”
“But you came into the finals leading on points,” the reporter chipped away. “The result really is a shame. Feel bad?”
The reporter continued the grilling until Tan lowered his head and apologised to his motherland.
He said: “I have been doing this sport for 23 years. I have been nurtured by my country in that time. I have let my country down.”
Even though Malaysia’s and Singapore’s best only came home with silver, it was great reason for us to rejoice and give them a hero(-ine)’s welcome.
Whereas if the China athletes did not bring back just one more gold to join the massive pile already collected, unspeakable national shame would be all they could look forward to.
Singapore may be very competitive and kiasu, while Malaysia is laid back and releks-bradder, but Communist China is still communist, and still Chinese. It’s a brutal winning combination.
Following from Red Planet Cartoons: