I conducted an interview with a taxi driver about his thoughts on the Olympics. Enjoy!
hello,what’s your name?
driver: Hello,My name is WangJie
What do you work for?
I am a taxi driver.
What kind of changes have you noticed in Beijing in the mounth leading up to the Olympics?
oh,yes,it is great changes in Beijing.the urban construction and the mental outlook all had changed a lot.
Do you think that everyone experiences the changes the same way?
Do you think someone poeple will be negatively affected by the Olympics,if so who and why?
Maybe, because there are too many people so anything could happen. Olympics also may bring some traffic trouble or life troubles. Maybe a few people can’t understand.
Has the Olympics made you feel more proud of China and if so why?
Yes, Because it is the global activity, all the Chinese people feel proud.
Had you bought any Olympic souveneirs?
yes,now you can see the cosmat hanging in my car.
so, can I take a picture of you?
Which sports will you follow most in the Beijing Olympics and why?
I’m really interesting about 100 meters jump a hurdle like LiuXiang ,and Chinese men’s basketball, If YaoMing will come and whether Chinese footballer can step to the world.
Who do you most interesting?
Because they not only brings honor for our Chinese, also brings honor for the Asian.
What impact has the Beijing Olympics had on you, personally?
You see I’m a driver, Olympic Games strengthened the control to the transportation, It has affected my income. But it is the world activity after all so moreover we may see the competition.
What worries, if any,do you have about the Olympics?
Yes, Even though there has security measure, But may not avoid some terrorist sabotage.
What impressions about China do you hope foreigners who attend the Olympics or watch them on televisions take away with them?
Well, In the TV, we just watch the some moving pictures, but, Is experiences personally in the scene. Feeling on the scene atmosphere.
Do you often do some sports? What kind?
Yes, I often do some walking, swimming, play ping-pong.
How many hours a week do you spend on there activities?
Mostly every day.
Do you see fitness as a patriotic duty?If so why?
To be sure, competition lies at the heart of the Olympics and just about all sporting events. What do you think of the competitions in the Olmpic?
If has the compitition, there will have the winner and loser. The Chinese advocate friendship first competes second. But I still hope we can win.
How can too much competition be bad?
Competition itself is not a mistake. Because the athlete also has defeat’s time.
Some people say Chinese people don’t know how to work well as a team. Do you think the Olympics has changed the concept of “teams” and “teamwork” in China?
Of course it can change. It is not easy for the Olympics will be hold in Beijing.Becasue of the Olympic,The athlete will has centripetal force.
Are you more aware of other country’s now that many of them are coming to Beijing?
yes, Mostly everyday I can see
Which country’s person are you most interested to ?
I’m interested in every countries’ person, more interesting about the people from developed countries. We can konw about their countries ‘culture.
Are you rooting for any non-Chinese athletes?
Yes, Many, such like the super star of NBA.
What do you think about the proposed olympic songs? Which ones should be chosen?What it means to you?
I have no idea about this question.