The upside-down flag controversy at the opening ceremony
I didn’t notice it myself but the boy from Sichuan who accompanied Yao Ming at the opening ceremony, held a small Chinese flag that was upside down. An observant reader of this site noted:
“Why was the Chinese Flag carried by the Earthquake survivor upside down? Traditionally an upside down flag is a sign of protest, yet nobody appears to have notice this or made any effort to correct it!”
Black and White has further details:
It was a closely guarded secret that 9-year-old earthquake survivor Lin Hao would accompany Yao Ming in leading China’s Olympic delegation into the stadium at the opening ceremony. There were 32 children in Lin Hao’s primary school class in Yingxiu. Only ten of them survived. When Lin Hao escaped from the collapsed building, he carried an unconscious classmate out with him. He then went back and rescued a second child.
Xinhua sent out a photo of the boy and Yao Ming with the upside-down flag, and later sent out another message asking for people not to use it. Xinhua still used it though on its own website.
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