Hillary Clinton has asked North Korea to return imprisoned journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee to the US. Some think clemency is more likely for these Americans than for the North Koreans in the regime's labor camps. [Independent, TimesOnline]
Jez posted a snippet from Margaret Cho's blog about this yesterday, but I really liked this (not included part) and found it relevant:
"What's so messed up about this particular situation is that because they are Asian American, I worry that North Korea feels less guilty about punishing them. They wouldn't ever have the courage to do this to white journalists, especially white male journalists. Since Lee and Ling look like their own, they feel they can treat them like their own - and in North Korea, this is not a good thing. And since Asian Americans are not as easily defined as "American" I'm afraid that these two will get lost in the shuffle. It's the strange rootless consequence of Asian American identity played out to the worst possible conclusion."
The rest is here: [www.margaretcho.com]