August 14th, 2008

Voices From Beijing: Musings

By Susan Odenthal, Vice President, Corporate Communications


I’m lucky to be part of Johnson & Johnson’s Olympics team; as a result, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Beijing. To an outsider like me, it is a city of juxtapositions. To look up is to see its amazing future — tall skyscrapers speak to its economic growth. To look down is to see its proud traditions and past – well-worn bicycles bearing workers to and from work, handmade brooms clearing the dust from the air that’s settled along the curbs. We’ve all seen the sleek and awesome structures that are the “Bird’s Nest” and the “Water Cube.” The people who keep the venues going congregate in modest communities at the fringes of the Olympic Green. In its quest to demonstrate to the world its rightful place on the global stage, I hope China doesn’t relinquish the rich theatre that makes it the unique place it is.

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One Response to “Voices From Beijing: Musings”

  1. Lee says

    I would definitely have to agree. Being apart of J&J’s Olympic team must be a fascinating experience. Not knowing much about China, or its heritage before the Olympics, I have found that it is a fascinating and relishing place. I have never had the chance to visit and explore the country, but having learned some of its long time traditions have been quite interesting. I was not aware that the Chinese invented the kite. Kite flying and fighting, where others try and cut the line of another kite with their own, is a traditional custom in China. I was also unaware that the Chinese invented the Compass or that the oldest silk comes from China. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    I was reading through J&J’s site because I was interested in finding out more about the development of your corporate blog. I work for a pharmaceutical company and we are in the process of pulling together a blog of our own. As I was reading through I saw that Marc Monseau, you are the editor of the blog. Would you mind answering a few questions for me?

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