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See that handsome grey lady? That’s today’s edition of the Chosun Ilbo, a Fairfax-based Korean-language daily that figures prominently in Mike Paarlberg‘s story this week about a controversial four-day Kennedy Center concert featuring the Little Angels, the children’s song and dance troupe that has been the cultural arm of the Unificification Church since the 1960s. See, the Chosun Ilbo‘s been taking some heat from area Korean churches recently because its parent company is sponsoring the concert, which falls on the 60-year anniversary of the start of the Korean War—-the Unification Church’s leader, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, has been moving closer to North Korea in recent years, which hasn’t pleased some in the Korean diaspora.
Anyway, Paarlberg interviewed one critic of the concert, Rev. Jang Y. Lee of the Virginia Korean Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, at the Chosun Ilbo office. Reporters there snapped a pic (right) and dropped it above the fold on A1, along with a screenshot of this blog and an article about our article, which is partially about their newspaper. Totally. Fucking. Meta.
The headline translates to: “Mainstream US newspaper reports on dispute over the Little Angels performance.” The subhead: “The Washington City Paper analyzes incensed atmosphere within the Korean community.”
The Chosun Ilbo article then refers to Washington City Paper as “an influential newspaper in the Washington area.” And the photo caption refers to our article as “special,” and to Paarlberg simply as “reporter Mike.”