Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Long Duk Dong Revisited on NPR

If we needed another reason to pitch in and not tune out during the next interminable on-air fundraising drive...

Hat's off to NPR's All Things Considered for its story this week, Long Duk Dong: Last of the Hollywood Stereotypes?, reported by Alison MacAdam.
Okay, maybe for most Villagers, the story will be preaching to the converted. But it's gratifying to hear the story explored in a more-or-less mainstream media forum like this, since most of us have long, long ago given bothering to try to explain to people, "What's wrong with the Donger". The story includes interviews with the ill-fated JA actor, Gedde Watanabe, and the publishers of Giant Robot.
Happily, NPR has also annotated the online version with both a discussion forum and a "Donger and Me" comic strip by one of the editors' old favorite artists, Adrian Tomine (see Tomine's Shortcomings).