Two quick thoughts about the North Korea developments

 

First, a few items that I haven’t seen acknowledged by the U.S. press:

  1. The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, deserves most credit for this breakthrough.
  2. Trump’s approach to North Korea was not borne of an informed decision-making but rather knee jerk reactions.
  3. The Trump administration’s attention to the Korea has been inconsistent and troubling.

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NBC’s Korean Olympics coverage was bad in 1988, too

Awhile ago, I wrote about how bad NBC’s Olympics coverage this year was. Little did I know that this was the case during the Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics, as well:

Between comments by NBC’s Joshua Cooper Ramo praising Japan’s 1910-45 occupation of Korea during the Olympics opening ceremony, controversy over NBC’s incorrect pronunciation of PyeongChang and a Chicago TV station’s blunder mixing the city up with Chinese-American food chain P.F. Chang, the U.S. media has been criticized for its Olympics coverage. Though it is mostly forgotten today, NBC also angered Koreans during its coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

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War on ‘Chinese’ New Year!

Perhaps this story from the BBC will make “War on Christmas”-types in the United States realize how absurd they look:

Chinese model Liu Wen has sparked a backlash after sending a new year’s message to fans on Instagram. […] Liu used the phrase “Happy Lunar New Year”, rather than “Chinese New Year”, prompting some Chinese social media users to accuse her of neglecting her heritage. […] The supermodel has since changed her message to “Happy Chinese New Year”.

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