Who to cheer for? Chinese nationals in Hawaii celebrate Games

By Diane Ako - bio | email and Tai Hiranaka

HAWAII KAI (KHNL) - Their body is in Hawaii, but their heart- or at least part of it- is in China. Many Chinese nationals are glued to the tv sets during the Olympics. We stopped by one such viewing party.

There are many ethnic Chinese-Americans in Hawaii, but those with direct ties to their homeland are particularly cheering on the summer Olympics. Almost 2 dozen people showed up at this Hawaii Kai house to watch as their country hosts or plays in the games.

They're friends who will get together regularly during the month to enjoy the show together. In addition to seeing the games as a fun event, many Chinese say it's important to them that China be able to boost its image to the world.

"I want China to win to make Chinese people proud. So many people have sacrificed so much for the Olympics," enthused Kate Zhou, who grew up in China and is now a US citizen by marriage.

Pew research shows the Chinese are confident their athletes will perform well in the games. Three quarters polled say China will win the most medals this summer, unlike in the Athens games when it took third place in the medal count. And Kate Zhou and her group of friends will be right there watching every step of the way!