The 8Asians Talk About: Lil Kim Jong Il

Our internal e-mail lists have us discussing all kinds of stuff: Asian American identity, representation in the media, the experiences of activism in an academia setting and its progression as we transition to the working, adult world. And sometimes, people talk about babies. Babies that are dressed like dead repressive dictators. And whether we’re supposed to be all “yay it’s a baby” or “boo, it’s a baby dressed as a dictator” or “lulz, it’s a baby dressed up as a dictator. (It’s a fine line between the three anyway.)

Let’s watch, shall we?

Joz: Is this supposed to be cute? Funny? Out of curiosity, would people think it’s cute to dress their babies up like Hitler? Or Mussolini? I remember last year, a Danish artist caused waves when she dressed her baby like Hitler & other “evil despots” but hers was an exploration of evil.

Moye: I think it’s funny and cute. Mostly because it made me realize how much Kim Jong-il DID look like a fat baby.

Moye’s right, you know: Kim Jong Il did kinda have that fat baby look about him. Sure, a fat baby that imprisoned generations of families and had live lobsters shipped to him as when riding in trains through Siberia, but a fat baby nonetheless. What do you think?

(Hat tip: Brian R.)

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About Ernie

I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog,, for seven years.
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