10
Nov
07

As Olympic Games approach, Chinese are urged to be ‘civilized’

One detects the conventionality in the massive architecture that is transforming China’s cities. Between the faceless and imposing skyscrapers shooting up left and right to the glittering gadget buildings, the outright prestige projects that are proliferating, there is scant room left for real neighborhoods, for life on an intimate human scale, and most ironic of all in a country of 5,000 years of proud history, even for celebration of the past…

… The Chinese state has long promoted us-versus-them ways of thinking to enhance cohesion and control. By now, these notions have taken such deep root they have become normative.

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