Minority children in opening ceremony were Han Chinese

First we had the CGI fireworks at the opening ceremony, then we found out that the young girl singing was actually miming a song pre-recorded by another child and now we discover that the cute children wearing traditional dress and representing China’s 55 minorities were all Han Chinese, the main ethnic group of China.

The Wall Street Journal reports, “the children actually were members of the Han majority, an arts official said in an interview. Yuan Zhifeng, deputy director of Galaxy Children’s Art Troupe, said the children were drawn from the all-Han Chinese troupe. “I assume they think the kids were very natural looking and nice,” Ms. Yuan said.”

Han make up 92 per cent of China’s population of 1.3 billion and dominate politics and the economy. The minority groups include Tibetans and Uighurs.

I am starting to think there has to be at least one more thing from the opening ceremony that wasn’t as it appeared to be. Now I wonder what that might be.

Posted by Mike 10 years ago

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stephen devon - August 15, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

well here’s another one for you!
despite the great show about having invented printing at the Opening the Chinese can’t even get a decent programme out for some events. Some are just scruffy sheets of A4 and others are just names on white boards outside the events

discoverer - August 17, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

The fourth fackery for you: the disciples of Confucius on the show are not real ones from 2500 years ago - they are actually modern people.

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