It was just over five years ago that David and I, with our kids Tom and Rachel, were in Beijing during the period when the city was bidding for the 2008 Olympic Games. (Tom and Rachel, by the way, are sharing reception and office duties this summer, so if you call you with an order or question, youâ€™re welcome to ask them about China.) The city was plastered with beautifully designed sports posters and I wanted to bring some home. I told our friend Shaoping that I thought I would just take some from the hotel elevator. Her eyes widened with shock and she assured me she would take care of it; the next morning she arrived after a trek to the China Olympic Committee office with a full of posters, which now line the hall outside our offices.
The third (July) issue of Guanxi: The China Letter is going to press. It focuses on the Beijing Olympics, only two years away. I’m the acting editor of Guanxi, which is both a pleasure and unbelievable hubris–I’m not a magazine editor by trade or training–and this month I got to write the lead feature on media and the Olympics, “Bringing the World to Beijing.” This was a more comfortable job–because I am a sometimes journalist. I hope that if you haven’t seen the journal that you’ll take a look, request a sample issue, and pass word about it to friends and colleagues who are talking about China.