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How to cheer in China

By Tom Chatfield  

This via a good friend of mine currently working in China: a BBC report suggesting that, even in matters of popular enthusiasm, nothing will be left to chance at the People’s Games:

Beijing Olympic chiefs are introducing an official cheer for patriotic spectators to spur on Team China at the Games, Chinese media reports. The authoritative, four-part Olympic cheer, accompanied by detailed instructions, will be promoted on TV, in schools and with a poster campaign. It involves clapping twice, giving the thumbs-up, clapping twice more and then punching the air with both arms. The cheer is accompanied by chants of…

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