The Daily Show Wrap-up on Olympic Controversies

The Daily Show does an excellent summary of the recent controversies, including many items we’ve blogged.

The Daily Show actually has a “correspondent” in Beijing during the Olympic Games; Rob Riggle, with a running series titled, “Chasing the Dragon.” On Tuesday, Riggle did a hilarious report on “Mysterious Beijing.

Now it is this constant coverage on China during the Beijing Olympics that I think actually will have a positive effect on Americans getting to know more on China, even if it is only skims the surface. Hell, what percentage of America can even locate China on a map, let alone America?

I’m all for more coverage of China, the Chinese people and Chinese Americans on U.S. television – this will only help Americans to understand China and Chinese Americans. Tonight, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams did a nice profile piece on Chinese-American immigrant and table tennis Olympian Wang Chen. Even small news pieces like this help humanize and bring a face to Asian Americans. And with the 2008 Beijing Olympics setting television rating records for a non-U.S. based Olympics, I think this coverage on China has been great for China, the Chinese, Chinese Americans, Asian Americans and the American public watching the coverage.

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I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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