Alternatively, it can include things that have happened in America (or Canada, etc.) but, were they to happen in Korea, the commentariat in the K-blogosphere peanut gallery would be all over it as racist, nationalist, jingoist, backwards, etc.
in the California State Assembly. And while it can't possibly compare to the furniture-breaking, skull-cracking donnybrooks that have broken out in the halls of power in Seoul (or Taipei), that it happens at all in Sacramento is a bit shocking.
From the Los Angeles Times:
It all began when Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine) likened a portion of the Democrats’ budget plan, a plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies, to a “Tony Soprano” insurance scheme.I found the part in bold somewhat amusing. I suppose, though, that some people without much exposure to Japanese surnames or who'd never driven through Gardena might assume a person named Furutani could be a paisano. For a long time I assumed Marisa Tomei was part Japanese.
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) quickly rose to say that “as a proud Italian American, I resent that and I would respectfully ask the commenter to make an apology to Italian Americans in California."
Wagner retorted, “I will apologize to any Italian Americans who are not in the Mafia and engaged in insurance scams,” to audible murmurs and grumbling in the chamber.
Then Wagner rose again. "My apology, if one is needed, is sincere," he said. "My reference is certainly not one that no one in this room gets… I think my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, especially one who seems to be extraordinarily outraged over this for reasons I don't understand -- my reference is not lost on anyone here. This is not an attack on anyone. This bill is a bait and switch."
Moments later, Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-Gardena), who is not Italian American, hustled over to confront Wagner and the two had to be separated by colleagues.
And next we go from Ca. to Fla. It seems one sports writer for the Orlando Sentinel who is perturbed about furriners winning American golf tourneys:
Asking who is going to win this golf tournament is like asking who is going win the national spelling bee. Actually, it’s even more difficult because at least you know the spelling bee winner is going to be American. These days, golf majors are ruled by players from lands far, far away.Of course, the American golf establishment isn't exactly the most international-thinking group you ever saw, so I shouldn't be surprised at the sentiment. But just imagine this were switched to the Korea Open and it was likely to be won by Americans who are starting to dominate golf, and just picture the reams of comments at, say, The Marmot's Hole, about how this is symptomatic of Korea's deep-seated xenophobia.
Tiger Woods is off fighting the battle of wounded knee while Phil Mickelson is flying so far under the radar he is scraping the tree tops. And when he’s not scraping the tree tops, he’ll likely be hitting his golf ball into tree trunks.
But wait, there is hope for the red, white and blue. South Korean K.J. Choi, who was just granted American citizenship, will win this tournament. And then U.S. golf will be like many other products Americans enjoy: “Made in Korea.”
|Golf is a Scottish game
dominated by Koreans
living in America
I should, perhaps, take my own advice and not get too worked up over a hypothetical that hasn't actually happened (yet).