While Asian Americans overall have unemployment rates about equal to whites i.e less than African Americans and Latinos, long term unemployment is a big problem. Unemployed Asian Americans are unemployed for six months of more at rates comparable to African Americans, the highest of all racial groups. The Center for Economic and Policy Research has issued a March report based on government data that shows about half of all Asian American unemployed are long-term unemployed.
A recent Bay Area article describes how members of the Korean Policy Institute are finally getting a hearing on ending the Korean war – yeah, technically we’re still at war with North Korea after more than five f**king decades - and steps in normalizing relations between the two Koreas and between North Korea and the United States.
The West has long characterized the DPRK as a nation shrouded in secrecy. Western media, indeed, admits and heralds that it knows nothing about the people and the nation of the DPRK. Yet, in a schizoid twist, so much effort has been made to demonize this member of the "Axis of Evil" and its intentions toward the rest of the "Free World." Everyone, especially the Bush Administration, has conveniently forgotten the positive steps taken only a few years ago to alter this stance.
The next James Bond film, Die Another Day, presently in production uses North Korea as the villainous antagonist to frame its "storyline". While the details of the script have not been revealed, it is clear that Bond (Pierce Brosnan) will be fighting "evil" in Korea. One Korean actor, who was offered a key role in the film, has already turned it down.. In-Pyo Cha declined the role of the main villain, Colonel Moon, saying the film uses "another country's [political] climate for its own entertainment purposes."