March 14, 2007, - 12:08 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
China is gearing up for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. And you know what that means: A makeover. The Chi-Coms don’t wnat you to see the slavery, the lack of human rights, the awful results of communism. So, they’re redoing their country top to bottom for the three weeks that everyone will be watching.
It’s all cosmetic, though.
Several news agencies report that China is even changing its menu. They don’t want us to think China features weird food, so Xu Hongzhi, Deputy to the National People’s Congress and President of Peking University is insisting that China remove certain “delicacies” from all menus:
China should take all shark fin dishes off the menu for foreign visitors before the 2008 Olympic Games, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.
Officials in China traditionally honour distinguished guests with huge banquets climaxing with rare or exotic dishes featuring such delicacies as bear’s paw, swallow’s nest, monkey brains as well as the famous soup made from shark fin.
Xu Hongzhi, deputy to the National People’s Congress and president of the prestigious Peking University, said such menu items might upset foreign guests.
“Serving shark fin to foreign guests during the Olympic Games could greatly hurt China’s national image and officials should start to remove the dish from the dining table right now,” he told state Xinhua news agency.
Xu said China should also stay away from dishes using other species of wildlife such as snake during the Games.
“It’s not only an environmental issue, but one that has a direct bearing on the image of Chinese people,” he said.
So, they’re changing the menus in China for when all the world is watching. What else will they be changing (temporarily) to fool international guests about the real China? Remember, all of these changes are cosmetic–smoke and mirrors stuff to hide the ravages of Communist totalitarianism.
Expect NBC to give you a very sanitized version of China in its Olympic coverage. And perhaps expect peanut-butter-and-jelly and sloppy Joes on the fake–and temporary–menu.
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