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Interesting comments from below. As a Chinese Canadian who is acquainted with recent Chinese sentiments, the reverse opinion holds true for quite a few - they loved the opening ceremonies and despised the closing ceremonies NOT for its propaganda's sake, but for the fact that their religious identity is mentioned - an occurance that has become rare in the increasingly cosmopolitan (and Westernized) society. It seems for the Chinese that all that is left of the image of the people are tainted goods and lack of religiosity - or to be precise, the increasing lack of a distinct ethnic image, as the government attempts to blur the 56 ethnicities' past conflicts but end up destroying the heritage and tradition in its natural context instead.