Friday, July 18, 2008

"China is running a military-style sports machine"


Classic China.

They just don't seem to get it. It's like they're aliens, or perhaps children, who observe normal civilized human behaviour and try to emulate it. Somehow they completely miss the point.

[The] system starts as early as six years old for some promising athletes, who are put in specialised sports schools for full-time training.

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The system has faced criticism for taking children too young, and putting them through a too-rigorous training regime.

I read an article the other day in Psychology Today about the completely fucked up mental health of the youth in China. It's difficult to blame individuals - the parents were fucked up by Mao and the kids are being fucked by the one child policy, and a number of factors make it next to impossible to get any help when mental problems inevitably arise. It's pretty disgusting, and it's going to get worse before it gets any better.

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