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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! ABC News’ Sr. White House Correspondent @jaketapper

January 18th, 2011 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Chinese president Hu Jintao arrived in the U.S. Tuesday for a three day-visit that will also include a White House state dinner, the first dinner of its kind for a Chinese leader in 13 years.

CNN reports that the Chinese media has stated Hu “will stress how a constructive, comprehensive partnership between the powers could be mutually beneficial and help ensure stability in Asia and worldwide, despite differences between Beijing and Washington.”

The American media, meanwhile, is heralding this important visit with…CHINESE FOOD JOKES!

At least ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) is. As President Hu’s plane arrived, Tapper authored this tweet, which has since been deleted:

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Asians And Journalism Go Together Like Ramma Lamma Lamma Ka Dinga Da Dinga Dong [We're Headed To The #AAJA Convention]

August 2nd, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Diana

Angelenos! Where U at?

The Asian American Journalists Association will host its 21st Annual AAJA National Convention at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles from August 4 to 7. We will have the pleasure of speaking on two panels on Thursday, August 5 as part of the “Diversifying Your Coverage” series with some of our favorite and most esteemed colleagues. Please join us if you can!

Information below for Thursday, August 5 @ The Renaissance Hotel:

“Diversity in the New Media”
11:15AM TO 12:15PM, Los Feliz, 3rd Floor
PRESENTERS: Gil Asakawa (Medianews Group Interactive), Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jocelyn Wang (8Asians), Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen (DISGRASIAN)
The Internet offers a mixed bag of voices, but the success of ethnic outlets is still developing. Experts and experimenters alike gather to talk tips, hurdles and highlights of how to make diversity in new media work for you and your readers.

“A Hyphenated World”
2:30PM TO 3:30PM, Los Feliz, 3rd Floor
PRESENTERS: Jeff Yang (SF Chronicle), Bernice Yeung (Hyphen Magazine), Cynthia Wang (People Magazine), Oliver Wang (CSULB), Kai Ma (KoreAm), Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen (DISGRASIAN)
Journalists, every day, are challenged to report on a diverse and multicultural world. This panel discussion shines a light on some of the stereotypes most prevalent in media today — with a focus on Asian-Americans in Hollywood – and offers insight into covering the subtleties of a world rich in nuances and culture.

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BABEWATCH: Adam Yamaguchi

October 13th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Adam Yamaguchi, host of Current TV’s Vanguard, is too freakin’ good-lookin’ to be a journalist. And hey, we love ourselves a news man, but they’re usually subtly sexy–like a simmering spice, a bit of merquén in a sauce that you can’t quite pick up on the first bite. But Yamaguchi (Hello: velvet voice, serious brow, intense eyes, protruding pecs, angled jaw) is knock-you-over-the-head habanero hot. Like, stupid hot. And by stupid hot, we mean you’re kinda stupid if you don’t think he’s hot.

If ever there was a reason to watch that gosh darn “smart” television, he would be it.

(OMG, Adam is going to kill me when he reads this!)

[Current TV: Adam Yamaguchi]

Thanks, Kristi!

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BABEWATCH: Sheryl WuDunn

September 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Sheryl WuDunn sets a really unreasonable standard for all of us mere humans. First of all, she’s brilliant. A decorated writer, educator and businesswoman, she is no stranger to success. Then there’s the pioneer aspect of her career: she’s the first Asian American person to have ever won a Pulitzer Prize. She’s a dedicated wife and partner (hubby is writing partner Nicholas Kristof). And she happens to focus on important stuff, like China, and worldwide female empowerment.

Surely she must be a stiff, right? Wrong. She’s not only likeable, but dang adorable when she opens her mouth. (See her most recent interview, where she talks about new book Half the Sky with Stephen Colbert, here).

So what’s wrong with WuDunn? Well, nothing. Except that in addition to all of these qualities, she also happens to possess one of ravishing beauty, making her just perfect. So there you go.

[Half the Sky - Official Site]
[Colbert Nation: September 28, 2009 - Sheryl WuDunn]

Thanks, Dave!

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When Leaders Collide: Bill Clinton and Kim Jong Il

August 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
Kim Jong Il and Bill Clinton meet in North Korea Tuesday to
discuss the release of detained Journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling
(Screen grab from video of still photo)

KIM JONG IL: Oh, hey! Bill, good of you to come! What brings you to DPRK?

BILL CLINTON: With all due respect, sir, you know why I’m here. It’s time for you to return Euna and Laura.

KIM JONG IL: Oh yeah! Yeah! Sounds great. Are you hungry?

BILL CLINTON: Thank you, sir. I’m not–

KIM JONG IL: Let’s take a picture. Does anybody have a camera? [To staff member] Grab that video guy. Shoot a little bit of me with Billy boy.

BILL CLINTON: I don’t really know if this is the time or pl–

KIM JONG IL: [To camera] Yo, wazzup! Your boy Kim here with the former prez of the USA!

BILL CLINTON: I’m here on a humanitarian mission. We have a deal. You know this.

KIM JONG IL: Yeah, yeah, of course we have a deal! Listen, are you sure you’re not hungry? Let’s just get some dinner, we’ll talk, we’ll get to everything you need…


KIM JONG IL: God, BILL! It’s great to see you. Seriously. Man, you should come by more often. We gotta hang.

BILL CLINTON: This is not a “hang,” I’m here to discuss Lee and Ling, who you sentenced to 12 years in hard labor prison.

KIM JONG IL: Oh, that was mostly just for leverage. I wanted somebody like you to come over here and have dinner with me.

BILL CLINTON: Well, I’m here, asshole.

KIM JONG IL: OMG, did you hear about the World’s Biggest Asshole thing?

BILL CLINTON: Excuse me?

KIM JONG IL: Never mind.

BILL CLINTON: Maybe we should sit down and get into discussions. I don’t have a lot of time.

KIM JONG IL: I know I know I know. Rush, rush, rush! Don’t you feel like we’re always in a hurry? I mean, what are we hurrying for? We’re all going to die someday.

BILL CLINTON: [Frustrated] Yes. Hopefully some of us sooner than others.

KIM JONG IL: Oh, Bubba, don’t be like that.

BILL CLINTON: Please stop addressing me that way. President Clinton, or Bill, please.

KIM JONG IL: Alright, Bill Please! [laughs hysterically]

BILL CLINTON: Pardon me for asking, but are you on something?

KIM JONG IL: A shit ton of Vicodin and this experimental drug that makes me seem like I’m alive! Aw man, I’m just glad to see you.

BILL CLINTON: I feel like you’re just hungry for attention.


BILL CLINTON: I’m not here for a pleasant visit. I don’t like your nukes, I don’t like your world tactics, and I’m furious that you’ve imprisoned American journalists.

KIM JONG IL: But they were producing a smear campaign against North Korea!

BILL CLINTON: Dude, HAVE YOU PICKED UP A PAPER LATELY? Your rep is established. There’s no more “smearing” left to do.

KIM JONG IL: I’ll nuke you.

BILL CLINTON: Oh, there you go again. Do you realize that this is all just a vicious cycle? You’re not making things any better for yourself.

KIM JONG IL: Why can’t people just see that I’m cool and awesome and the best?

BILL CLINTON: Because you’re a dick and your appearance frightens small children.

KIM JONG IL: I’m sorry. About everything. I just put up these walls

BILL CLINTON: Yes. Literally.

KIM JONG IL: It’s like I’ve gone so far, I can’t turn back.

BILL CLINTON: Well, you’re going to have to.

KIM JONG IL: I can’t!

BILL CLINTON: Listen. One step at a time. Hand over the girls. Let me take them home.

[deep, sad pause]


[NYT: Bill Clinton Meets Kim Jong Il in North Korea]

Photo Source: AP
Thanks to Aviva, Abe, Cate and Mohammad!

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R.I.P. Walter Cronkite

July 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

As bloggers, we know we’re part of a huge paradigm shift that has forced the world to witness the rapid decline of our beloved newspapers, and in lockstep, a bittersweet goodbye to a beautiful old school of gritty, focused, research-and-field based journalism.

Walter Cronkite, 1916 – 2009

Few things signify the end of that truly incredible journalistic era than the loss of Walter Cronkite, who passed away on Friday evening, at the age of 92.

Is it his tone of honesty that will be missed most? His dedication to the country? Perhaps his immeasurable influence (defined, one could argue, by the devastating impact his February 27, 1968 statement had on the on the nation’s support of the Vietnam War, see video link below):

We don’t really have an answer to those questions. We can only bid Cronkite an eternal goodnight with due respect and much sadness. He will be missed.

[NYT: 28 Years After Retirement, Anchorman Goes Off Air]


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Cancel Tomorrow’s Plans: Attend a Vigil for Laura Ling and Euna Lee

June 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Euna Lee and Laura Ling, who were captured in March on the Chinese border of North Korea while shooting news footage for Current TV and have been held in North Korean detention since, will stand trial in Pyongyang on June 4 for “illegal entry” and “hostile acts.”

Lee’s husband, Michael Saldate, told reporters this week that their 4-year-old daughter “still thinks mommy is at work.” And Laura’s sister, Lisa, explained that she and her family are “terrified.”

From NY Daily News:

“We don’t really know what to expect with this trial,” Lisa Ling, also a television journalist, said on the “Today” show during an interview with the families. “The situation is so sensitive.”

Lisa Ling and friend Kelly Hu will co-host a candlelight vigil tomorrow in LA’s Santa Monica at Wokcano, 1413 5th Street, 6:30pm. If you are in the area, please come and show your support.

There are additional vigils being staged in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Portland, Chicago, Orlando, and Birmingham. Find out more here.

Can’t attend a vigil? Then spread the word and hope for the girls.

[NY Daily News: Euna Lee, Laura Ling - American Journalists Held in North Korea - 'Very Scared' as They Await Trial]
[Liberate Laura & Euna Now - Richard Horgan blog]

Thanks and good luck, Lisa and Cate. x.

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May 11th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Roxana Saberi

Age: 32

Occupation: Freelance journalist

Known for: Her imprisonment in the Evin jail of northern Tehran since February of this year, after being arrested for buying wine (which is illegal in Iran).

Eyes across the globe widened as the American journalist’s charges grew quickly–to working without a press card and then spying for Washington–and last month, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for espionage.

But today, Saberi was released.

From today’s NYT:

An Iranian-American journalist who was sentenced to eight years in jail on charges of spying for Washington was released Monday after an appeals court reduced the sentence, her lawyer said. The journalist, Roxana Saberi, will be able to leave the country, he said.

The lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, who defended Ms. Saberi in a hearing on Sunday, said the court rejected the original jail term and issued a two-year suspended prison term in its place.

If the news alone isn’t enough to melt your heart, this photo of her relieved parents, Reza and Akiko Saberi, surely will:

Success! Now, on to the next–let’s move quickly on getting our other journalists released from North Korea.

[NYT: Iran Releases Journalist Convicted of Spying for U.S.]

Thanks, Anthony!

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Bad Move, Iran

April 13th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

When we first learned that former beauty queen-turned-journalist Roxana Saberi, an American of Iranian and Japanese descent, had been imprisoned in Iran–for either allegedly buying a bottle of wine or working in the country without a press permit–we thought the whole thing would blow over in a jiffy. We figured Iran would come to its senses and realize that keeping a hot lady in a horrible prison on sketchy charges makes Iran look bad, and Iran already has a bit of a PR problem as it is.

But nooooo. Iran had to go and charge Roxana with espionage last week, after her parents Reza and Akiko Saberi flew to Tehran to see her and lobby for her release. Which is bad news. But how bad is it?

For answers, we turned to our Iranian-American pal and resident Islam expert Reza Aslan, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror, which debuts next week. Here’s what he wrote in an email:

iran is pretty sensitive to too much international embarrassment and this is a case that has gotten an abnormal amount of attention. with her father in tehran and the red cross allowing access, i can’t imagine that this will actually go to court. then again, you never know. the thing with iran is that they do these kinds of things randomly to prove a point: don’t fuck with us. it seems like at least once a year they jail a researcher or journalist for a couple of months, and then let them go. Let’s hope that happens here.

Kinda reassuring, right? Anyway, fingers crossed.


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North Korea, Watch Your Back

March 19th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Laura Ling (younger sister of Lisa Ling) and Euna Lee–two American journalists for Current TV–have reportedly been abducted and detained by North Korean soldiers, for ignoring warnings to stop shooting footage from across the Chinese border.

From AP:

South Korean media first reported the detentions early Thursday, with YTN television saying two Americans were arrested near the Tumen River dividing North Korea and China. The Yonhap news agency, citing diplomatic sources, said North Korean soldiers took them into custody after they ignored orders to stop filming.

Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of the journalists and their guide and urged Chinese authorities to intercede on their behalf “as they were probably on Chinese soil when they were arrested.

We have the two women in our thoughts right now, and hope for their quick and safe return–not just for their safety, but for the safety of someone else–because if Laura’s big sis is anything like mine, N. Korea’s Kim Jong Il may quickly find himself with his head mauled, appendages broken, and dick in a vice.

After all, Hell hath no fury like a Hardass Asian Sister.

[AP: 2 US journalists detained by NKorea for filming]

Thanks, G Scott!

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Free Roxana Saberi

March 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, 31, has been imprisoned for over a month in Iran. The former Miss North Dakota, who is of Iranian and Japanese descent and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Iran, was detained at the beginning of February, which is the last time anyone has heard from her. At that time, she phoned her father, Reza Saberi, to tell him that she had been arrested for buying a bottle of wine, which is illegal in Iran. She is currently being held in the Evin jail in northern Tehran, and the Iranian government refuses to disclose what she’s been charged with, saying only that Saberi had been working without a press permit for the last two years.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Saberi’s release. This was a day after she told reporters following a trip to the Middle East that Iran poses a threat to Europe and Russia and it “intends to interfere in the internal affairs of [other countries in the Middle East] and try to continue their efforts to fund terrorism.”

Damn, Iran, do you really want to fuck with HRC (the “H” is for Hardass)? I sure wouldn’t.

Free Roxana Saberi!

Thanks, Bjorn!

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