Posts Tagged ‘Chinese TV’

On the television.

February 16, 2009

In a few days time, it will mark the one year anniversary since the date we left for our Chinese adventure. We have been home for just over four months now and many of the memories are already fading. Still, when anything Chinese turns up in the paper, on TV or on the internet, it easily captures our attention.

Recently I had to get up abnormally early to drive into work. As I was eating breakfast I was flicking through the TV channels and came across the Chinese News. It must have been around 6:30am. It was strange yet comforting to hear the unfamiliar yet very familiar language. Whilst I can only speak a small amount of Mandarin, I find it very easy to recognize it as a language. p6140650

I found it funny that it should be on so early. While in China, I remember complaining to Courtney about how few English channel choices there were. I remember saying how it would have been awesome to even have had subtitles for the regular Chinese programming. There must have been over 30 TV channels on regular(non-cable) Chinese TV. Some of the shows looked quite interesting. Many were round the clock news, and others…well just out there. Thinking back to how weird it felt – how isolating, not to be able to understand or enjoy such a simple facet as TV – and then I remember while over there, thinking back to how many Chinese language options were on here in Australia. Other than the odd Chinese movie on SBS, a Chinese speaker could enjoy getting up at 6:30am to watch the news. Ah well, I suppose it all evens out.

In China? You’d be shot!

February 4, 2009

That’s right, if you dared to throw a shoe at a government official; particularly one as important as the PM, Wen Jiabao, you’d be hauled away and never heard from again. We always liked the look of Wen Jiabao, he always had this genuinely happy, smiling face. He looked like a nice man. You know how sometimes you can just tell whether someone looks nice or nasty? Well we got good vibes from Wen, despite not knowing much about him at all! He was heavily involved with the recovery efforts after the Sichuan earthquake disaster – and whether or not it was propaganda images is unclear, but he was out there and did appear to be genuinely helping. Most of the country did actually. It was heavilly covered by Chinese TV at the time.

It is good though that some Chinese saw the funny side of the incident. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said that state leaders should be respected, however to laughter, added, “Next time I should watch out for not only [those] who are raising their hands, but also [those] who are untying their shoelaces.”

I guess it’s just lucky for the thrower, that the shoes missed!

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