Cheerleading on steroids

This is not the kind of link I would normally post (team sports are not my thing), but when I watched this video I was totally blown away. Let’s never mess with Korea.

The Discussion: 17 Comments

I still prefer the Mexican wave or audience wave.

More spontaneous

September 16, 2009 @ 12:42 pm | Comment

Both sides of the parallel travel to South Africa next year. Let’s hope they play each other. Incidentally, Japan have progressed to the finals as well. What the hell is going on with soccer in China? Not enough players?

September 16, 2009 @ 1:03 pm | Comment

China needs more people to play the game. I hope some smart real estate developers will include soccer fields in their projects.

September 17, 2009 @ 4:50 am | Comment

Soccer – that’s the one where they kick the ball, right?

September 17, 2009 @ 5:52 am | Comment

You can use your head too.

September 17, 2009 @ 6:06 am | Comment

This is done in Beijing Olympics Opening too. This is the unique characteristic of East Asians: strong unity, one million people one heart, strong centripetal force, strong commitment to accomplish one thing. I hope you are slowing realizing this is not a result of Communist dictatorship. This video shows South Koreans, which are from a “Democracy”. And similar things also can be seen in Japan, another “Democracy”, look at Japanese people’s work ethic, commitment, attention to detail, etc.

So you cannot deny this is not just due to Dicatorship, but common traits in East Asians.

September 17, 2009 @ 10:43 am | Comment

HongQi, I never said anything about democracy or communism. It was just amazing to watch.

September 17, 2009 @ 10:59 am | Comment

Only amazing to Westerner.

I think given the commitment and work ethic and unity and intelligence of Chinese (including Taiwan and Singapore), Japanese, and Korea, if these 3 countries and unite and ally, we have a chance against Western dominance, in terms of economics, technology, military, innovation, everything. It is only in the last 300 years that China fell behind, 300 out of 5000 years is only a brief abnormal period. When our ancients are writing poetry and history and calculating planet orbits, the Westerners were still hitting each other with sticks and rocks and eating tree barks. As a Chinese, no need to feel ashamed today, we’ll catch up. 三十年河东三十年河西。。。。

September 17, 2009 @ 11:11 am | Comment

Thanks for politicizing this. And thanks for the history lesson, straight out of the talking points.

September 17, 2009 @ 11:15 am | Comment

Poor HongQi, such a large chip to carry on such a narrow frame.

September 17, 2009 @ 1:07 pm | Comment

Oy vey…

September 17, 2009 @ 4:42 pm | Comment

Always fun to read what Hong has to say.


I think with all that jumping around they’d be too tired to fight afterwards.

September 17, 2009 @ 8:32 pm | Comment


This is a very nice modern update on what the North Koreans have been doing for a long time. The North Koreans, incidentally, were trained by the Soviets how to do their card-pixel game.

So I guess in your world, the USSR was an East Asian non-dictatorship.

September 22, 2009 @ 4:01 pm | Comment

According to, “In 1882, the original forerunner to today’s Mass Games, then known as a slet after the Czech word for a flock of birds, was held in Prague and featured 1,572 Sokol performers.”

And not to forget Australia’s contribution:

September 22, 2009 @ 4:11 pm | Comment

You realize that video is sped up? You can tell by the speed of the players.

October 1, 2009 @ 8:41 pm | Comment

Wesley, does that wikipedia item relate to the video in my post? Not clear to me….

October 2, 2009 @ 12:16 am | Comment

Just that having the spectators do this kind of thing to make images or text is neither a new thing, nor a north korean/totalitarian thing, nor (I don’t think) a particularly scary thing.

The things that particularly caught my eye about the video (beyond the fact that it looked sped up and thus falsely seems much more impressive):

1. The people were arranged into a tight block and all the neighboring seats were empty. If I were wont to over-speculation, perhaps people are too poor there to have the free time to attend soccer games?
2. The sequence was pretty long. Perhaps due to lack of beer, hooligan brawls, or whatever else happens for entertainment at other sporting events around the world. =)

October 2, 2009 @ 9:30 pm | Comment

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