This week, bloggers at The World of Chinese had questioned passersby at Sanlitun Village, soliciting their opinions on recent hot news.
What do you think of Snowden revealing PRISM to the public?
Gabriel, Australia: “I am wondering if that is a hoax, a little game; like trying to get the attention from the world? I am a bit confused. If he is sincere, I think he is courageous. We need people like him…but not too many!”
Dominic, Britain: “It’s hard to tell, the answer depends on where you come from. Many people may call him a hero, a privacy fighter, something like that. But I guess some people may take his deeds as treason.”
Scott, Australia: “It’s incredible, indeed. He and his family may get into deep trouble. But anyway, I think that guy is really brave, what he did requires much courage. The American government must have been intensely annoyed by him.”
From July this year, foreigners who work in Beijing will need a ‘criminal record clearance’ to receive work authorizations. What are your opinions on the new visa regulation?
Khalil, Australia : “I’m not too worried about that, because fortunately I’ve been working in China as a teacher for a long time. To be honest, I guess it may not be compulsory, things like this happened before, but they never take real effect.”
Kenny, U.S.A: “I’m against it, I think it shows kind of disbelief of the westerners.”
How do you think about this mascot for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics?
Monica, U.S.A: “Not bad. But why did they choose this shape? I don’t know what connotations it carries.”
Neil, U.S.A: “I think it’s OK, both the design and the color. By the way, what’s its name? Lele? Ha, that’s an interesting name.”
- International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge signing a mascot, for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic mascot.