Trevor Metz offers his thoughts on Hao Wu’s detention and reasons for hope in China
Hines Ward explores his Korean heritage and helps South Koreans think about issues of identity and race
gorgeous maps of global language distribution. Via Matt Hurst’s “Data Mining”
community effort to translate newspapers from different languages into english
Reuters site for our joint Iraq Newsmakers event
group translation project via wiki. interesting to compare to blogamundo
What should reporters do when they encounter extreme poverty? Is it okay for journalists to get involved with a situation and help?
very interesting blog (mostly a collection of MSM articles) about china’s influence in Africa. Appears to be defunct, unfortunately
China’s influence in Brazil – will the US revive the Monroe doctrine?
Fayrouz is happy that Jill Carroll gets released… but is wondering why we hear so little about kidnapped Iraqi journalists
So here’s the thing… the only I miss about being on Windows was the quality of IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad hardware in comparison to Apple hardware. My Powerbooks seem to last about 15 months… my thinkpads lasted closer to 24-30. Why would anyone want to run
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I was chatting with a buddy about Hines Ward’s reception in South Korea. The guy hasn’t been back in two decades and he plays a sport that the vast majority of Koreans don’t care about. So… how starved are they for sports heroes over there?
It’s a fair question, Fontaine. I think one reason has to be that there’s a large population of Koreans who are the children of US servicemen, as Hines Ward is – in a country that’s otherwise extremely homogenous, Ward may be so popular because he gives an opportunity to have dialog on the topic of race. It’s also possible that his popularity has to do with admiration for anyone who is recognized on the American stage – certainly Korean baseball players who succeed in the US are lionized at home. Perhaps some form of that phenomenon?
But yeah, I hear you. Kasey Keller is something of a demigod in Europe, but probably doesn’t even get recognized in his home town in the states. Why the inversion with American sports heroes abroad?
“Why the inversion with American sports heroes abroad?”
One word, I think: TV.
While I think it is a stretch to say that Kasey Keller is a demigod in Europe (and I do think that he is pretty well known in his home town of Lacey, Washington, as well as neighboring Olympia), he certainly is much better known in Europe than he is in the States (of course, he has been playing professionally in Europe for the past 16 years — 1990 was the last time he played in the States, and that was for a minor league club!).
If the sport isn’t on US TV, an athlete doesn’t get recognized in the States. (OK, Pele and David Beckham might, but this is because of their advertisements and celebrity status …. on US TV.)
Just to take the case of Japan: How many Americans would identify the following US superstar athletes, whose exploits were not broadcast on US TV?:
Baseball: Tuffy Rhodes (and before him, to a lesser extent, Warren Chromartie).
Sumo wrestling: Chad Rowan (aka Akebono)
‘Wrestling’ (although his type of ‘wrestling’ isn’t really a sport): Bob Sapp
A few American sports stars active abroad are pretty well known in the States, but here is some coverage of them on US TV, at least occasionally / sporadically: Witness Bode Miller (the World Cup circuit has only a few stops in the States) and pretty much all stars in track and field (who make their money in Europe).
Sorry, One additional ‘US sports star abroad’ comment:
Apolo Anton Ohno enjoys much greater fame (actually ‘infamy’) in Korea than he does in the States.