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2008 Olympics on right now!

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Opening ceremonies on right now. WOW! Katherine
 

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I have to say I am so proud of being a Chinese-American! This is truly something that I would not dream of 24 years ago exactly today when I left China. It happened to be during the 1984 Olympics in LA. What a coincidence!
 
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I'm in Singapore until Sunday, so I was able to watch it in real time last night.

It's a beautiful stadium and it was a beautiful ceremony. The Chinese people have a lot to be proud of.

Let's hope for a successful, peaceful olympics.

-David
 

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It's almost sad to see as US dollars probably paid for everything we are looking at. Is there any doubt China is the number one super power on the planet?
 

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Did you all see that incredible LCD screen and the huge graphics along the top rim of the stadium?? I don't think I have ever seen such incredible visual effects.

Katherine
 

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Unbelieveable... - very proud of China...
- I don't know how next host country will out do this.
 

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While I can appreciate that folks from China would be proud of the accomplishments of China, I don't understand dual loyalty.

I am a third generation Irish American. If the Olympics were held in Dublin or my families home County, Donegal, I too would be pleased. But I consider myself as an American who is proud of of the United States and I simply appreciate my Irish heritage.

Go Team USA! :)
 

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Truly a magnificent opening ceremony! I wish the Olympic spirit on the world!

Jim Ricks
 

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While I can appreciate that folks from China would be proud of the accomplishments of China, I don't understand dual loyalty.

I am a third generation Irish American. If the Olympics were held in Dublin or my families home County, Donegal, I too would be pleased. But I consider myself as an American who is proud of of the United States and I simply appreciate my Irish heritage.

Go Team USA! :)

See, you are a third generation, and I was born in China. That's the difference. Like you, my kids consider themselves only as Americans with Chinese heritage. For me, I am and will always be proud to be a Chinese American.
 
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Next up are the British. Now I feel really sorry for them. How can you possibly outdo this show???

Katherine
 

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See, you are a third generation, and I was born in China. That's the difference. Like you, my kids consider themselves only as Americans with Chinese heritage. For me, I am and will always be proud to be a Chinese American.

I am married to a woman who was born in the Philippines, she has dual citizenship, Canadian and US now. While she still watches Philippine television, speaks her native tongue Tagalog, amongst other Filipino's , and follows Philippine news and goes to Filipino concerts and shows, she still considers herself as an American first, who just happened to be born in the Philippines.

I remember the days when the United States was considered a melting pot and not a polyglot of multiculturalism.

I lived in Canada for over a decade. Canada is a great county. When I lived there I tried to be as Canadian as possible. I learned the heritage, culture and customs. I still follow Canadian news and politics even though I live in Southern California. But I moved back to the United States eventually, and my wife emigrated here. It wasn't that I didn't love Canada, because I did and still do, but and it's a major "but", I loved the USA more than I loved Canada.

When the Irish immigrants came to the US, they came for a better life, a brighter future and a more hopeful existence for themselves and their children. While they may have always in their heart wanted to go back to the Emerald Isle, they knew that was never meant to be. So they stuck it out, the persevered and they prospered. In spite of resistance by the English majority and facing obstacles such as "No Irish Need Apply", they made it. After all we Irish are known as pugnacious, stubborn and determined folks! :) My ancestors eventually assimilated and became fully functioning members of US society and culture. We became firemen and policemen and politicians and eventually some even became US royalty eg. the Kennedy's. But more than that we became American's. Sure we were Irishmen, but Ireland was our distant past, America was our present hope and our bright future. While we loved Irish green, our hearts now glowed with red, white and blue.

But you do know the great thing about we Irish, we let everyone share a bit o' the blarney and become a wee Irishman or Irish Colleen every year on Saint Paddy's Day! :D
 
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While I can appreciate that folks from China would be proud of the accomplishments of China, I don't understand dual loyalty.

I am a third generation Irish American. If the Olympics were held in Dublin or my families home County, Donegal, I too would be pleased. But I consider myself as an American who is proud of of the United States and I simply appreciate my Irish heritage.

Go Team USA! :)

I was born in the U.S., but my parents are from China. My mom always boast, to me, how Chinese people are good at this or that. It's not so much as loyalty as pride in being Chinese. If it comes to war of course we would protect our country US of A, but we can still take part in being proud of our culture. There is so much history, culture and traditions that go very far back. I guess Chinese people from all over the world are still somewhat collective.:)
 

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I just finished watching them (had to record as I couldn't stay up late enough). Breath-taking.
 

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Olympics in HD on big-screen...wow!

Altho quite unintentional (totally forgot the Olympic games were beginning this week) , last weekend I purchased a new 67 inch Samsung LED-DLP HDTV (after putting it off for 3 years because I couldn't decide which way to go), and now I decided "just do it", and am being blown away by the picture.

I could have never believed an Opening Ceremony could be so unbelievably great, and watching it in HD is beyond amazing. What a display of technology and creativity! Had goosebumps with those "drummers"....I've never seen such! If EVER there was a good time to take the plunge, now is the time.......

the price was great and I'm doing a 28 month financing at 0% interest...so the cost will be negligible to me........anyway, the original point was that the job the Chinese did on that Opening Ceremony was truly spectacular, and I got to see it for what it really was, and it was just pure dumb luck on my part to have gotten the TV installed just in time. I appreciate what they did a hundred times more......they should be so proud.....jme
 

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Funny you posted this. We were just talking today with friends (from TUG) who were visiting. We replayed the opening ceremonies on our 70" HD. It was so gorgeous that all of us were glued to the TV for the majority of the show. Unbelievable. It was so beautiful!

I have become a HUGE football and golf fan since we bought the HDTV.

Katherine
 

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It was so wonderful to watch, the art, beauty and technology were so great. Even my husband watched it with me.

However, nothing tugged at my heart more than the little 9year old boy who walked with China in the end! What an incredable child.
 

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See, you are a third generation, and I was born in China. That's the difference. Like you, my kids consider themselves only as Americans with Chinese heritage. For me, I am and will always be proud to be a Chinese American.
Lisa, I don't blame you. I was born in the Netherlands and when I see a Dutch athlete win I am still very proud of my original country but I am just as happy if an American wins because that's my country now. Either way is fine with me.

We missed last night except for the very end and saw the little nine year old who survived the earthquake and saved two other boys when he got out. I was very touched by that as he was really heroic at such a young age. He is old enough to remember this opening ceremony as long as he lives. :D

I wonder if they'll have repeats so we can still see the opening evening. I guess it will be shown on YouTube.
 

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Funny you posted this. We were just talking today with friends (from TUG) who were visiting. We replayed the opening ceremonies on our 70" HD. It was so gorgeous that all of us were glued to the TV for the majority of the show. Unbelievable. It was so beautiful!

I have become a HUGE football and golf fan since we bought the HDTV.

Katherine

You better have something good to show ME :wave: !!!

I thought the opening ceremony was breathtaking....it was soooooo cool how the torch just 'appeared'!
 

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Next up are the British. Now I feel really sorry for them. How can you possibly outdo this show???

Katherine

Actually next up is the cities of Vancouver/Whistler for the winter games in 2010.

I never seem to get excited with the summer games much. Growing up in Canada, the winter games meant more I guess.
 
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Funny you posted this. We were just talking today with friends (from TUG) who were visiting. We replayed the opening ceremonies on our 70" HD. It was so gorgeous that all of us were glued to the TV for the majority of the show. Unbelievable. It was so beautiful!

I have become a HUGE football and golf fan since we bought the HDTV.

Katherine

and also funny that YOU should say that......what pushed me over the edge (to actually go out and BUY) was a quote from some guy (somewhere on the internet....can't remember where, maybe TUG) who remarked that he "watched the British Open Golf Tournament on his new HDTV, and it was a 'religious experience' ".......well, that did it!!! and I realized that the better picture may indeed be worth it, so after work one afternoon, I stopped by to look, and then walked out with a new TV.....

I also recorded the Opening Ceremony with the DVR, and have watched it twice already...and the PGA golf tournament, if the rain will ever stop, will be awesome....the first 2 days were already great!!!........for the first time, I could see leaves on the trees and blades of grass on the fairways, could see the print on the golf ball as it was rolling, and specific shirt colors from the blimp...amazing!!!......and all the Olympic events today, especially the gymnastics and swimming, were breathtaking...Have to confess that the "Beach Volleyball" with Misty May was also very entertaining.....uhhhh....well, you know what i mean......I'm such a big fan of beach volleyball!!! so, i guess we did a very good thing getting the big HD's! I'm sure loving it!!!! Even the scenery around Beijing is amazing.....jme
 
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Well, I have to confess, I actually took a day off work to watch the play offs of the US Open at Torrey Pines last month. I was completely glued to my TV!

I have also recorded a lot of the concerts on the new music HD channel. The sound is also fantastic so watching Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney on the TV is like being in the front row of their concerts!

Katherine
 
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