From heartbreaking to predictable. The Telegraph (among many others) is reporting yet another Olympic Ceremony faux pas.
It turns out that the 56 children “from” China’s official 56 different minority ethnic groups that brought the Chinese national flag into the stadium were, in fact, all ethnic Hans wearing minority costumes. According to the official guide to the ceremony:
“56 children from 56 Chinese ethnic groups cluster around the Chinese national flag, representing the 56 ethnic groups”
Not so fast. By “from”, they really meant “wearing ethnic costumes”. It’s bad enough that they have to token-ize the ethnic groups with these official uniforms (sorry, costumes), but they didn’t even bother to use children actually from the ethnic groups to represent them. That’s a more benign interpretation. What if they actually considered and then rejected using actual members of the minority ethnic groups?