Jun 18 2008

Beijing Mascot Curse?

Published by at 5:02 pm under Uncategorized

Not Chinese hacker related but this article from the Sydney Morning Herald has such a curious cultural aspect to it that I wanted to pass it along. Some bloggers on the internet are seeing a relationship between the five Chinese Olympic mascots and recent misfortunes, to include the earthquake in Sichuan.

Jingjing, a panda, is the animal most closely associated with Sichuan province where the earthquake struck.

Huanhuan, a cartoon character with flame-red hair, is being linked by bloggers to the Olympic torch that has been dogged by anti-China protests on its round-the-world tour.

Yingying, an antelope, is an animal confined to the borders of Tibet, which has been the scene of riots and the cause of international protests against China, the bloggers say.

Nini, represented by a kite, is being viewed as a reference to the “kite city” of Weifang, in Shandong, where there was a deadly train crash last month.

That leaves only Beibei, represented by a sturgeon fish, which online doomsayers suggest could indicate a looming disaster in the Yangtze River, the only place where sturgeon is found.

Here is the full article from the Sydney Morning Herald

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Beijing Mascot Curse?”

  1. Eastwoodon 18 Jun 2008 at 7:40 pm

    “That leaves only Beibei, represented by a sturgeon fish, which online doomsayers suggest could indicate a looming disaster in the Yangtze River, the only place where sturgeon is found.”

    Flooding already: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7459628.stm

    Snow storms: Jan. 25 (1+2+5 = 8)
    Tibet riots: March 14 (1 + 3 + 4 = 8)
    Earthquake: May 12 (1 + 2 + 5 = 8) @ 2:28 PM, 88 Days till Olympics

    Olympics: Aug. 8, 2008 (8/8/8)!

  2. Heikeon 18 Jun 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Eastwood,

    My thought was that you going to China was somehow related to the fifth and final cursed mascot Beibei. ;)

  3. Eastwoodon 19 Jun 2008 at 12:59 am

    hahaha… indeed!