Commentary

Now thatís more like it

Chinese officials recently admonished basketball star Yao Ming for speaking up like an American and not being a good Communist. No doubt Party officials prefer reactions like this (via Arts & Letters Daily): The minute a young Chinese girl bagged the gold medal in the women’s table-tennis singles final on Sunday, a Beijing TV network reporter stuck a microphone under the nose of her parents. The father, without batting an eye, told the audience that his good daughter was a good Communist Party member and her success was a tribute to the party organization.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.