Olympic Welcome To Thick Ankles
Tags: Air Quality at Olympics, CHINESE PAMPHLET OF ETIQUETTE FOR OLYMPICS, Chinese Women, Cultural differences, DO'S AND DON'TS OF OLYMPIC ETIQUETTE, Olympics 2008, PHOTO BLOG, Rants, THICK LEGS AND ANKLES
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The Chinese government has distributed millions of a thick, (sorry, but that’s what a multiple-paged document is called) pamphlet to its citizens with instructions about how to leave a good impression and co-exist with all the foreigners coming to Beijing for the Olympic Games that start today. I heard it on the CNN. It must be true.
The announcer read several of the instructions, one of which was addressed to Chinese women who had heavy legs and ankles: wear black stockings.
So, I’m thinking. Uh.Oh. The athletes and visitors are already complaining about the smog–oh, I’m sorry, that has officially been called “fog” due NOT to poor air quality but to “the heat and humidity” currently sweltering those in Beijing. So, now, Chinese women have to add to the humidity and wear black sauna stockings to cover up their disfigurements?
I’m not using the word “disfigurement” loosely here, people.
I went a-googling this morning to find out more about this pamphlet and found this. Oh, yes, don’t try going a-googling in Beijing for your search will contain fewer items than what comes up on my computer screen.
So, I went a googling this morning and found this.
The Chinese government issued an apology recently about the inadvertent insensitive language they used in the section about how to handle physically disabled Olympians.
“On the “Physically Disabled,” the guide said: “Physically disabled people are often mentally healthy. They show no differences in sensation, reaction, memorization and thinking mechanisms from other people, but they might have unusual personalities because of disfigurement and disability.
“For example, some physically disabled are isolated, unsocial and introspective; they usually do not volunteer to contact people. They can be stubborn and controlling; they may be sensitive and struggle with trust issues. Sometimes they are overly protective of themselves, especially when they are called `crippled’ or `paralyzed.”‘
The guide said volunteers should “not fuss or show unusual curiosity, and never stare at their disfigurement.” It also advised volunteer to steer away from words like “cripple or lame, even if you are just joking.”
I found no official apology to thick, heavy legged Chinese women so I don’t think they were joking.
Do the thick, heavy legged female visitors have to wear black stockings, too?
Spud Hose is totally sold out at Walmart, so she flat out can’t go to Beijing on luxurious Spud Air.
Me, either. No way I’m wearing pantyhose in summer.
In fact, I am staring right this minute at my thick ankles, my disfigurement. Haven’t been able to look away since I heard the report. When someone tells me not to do something, it’s all I do.
That would be because I am sensitive, stubborn and controlling, and struggle with trust issues.
©2008 Pat Coakley
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