Five months after its mortifying Asiana Airlines gaffe -- in which newscaster Tori Campbell mistakenly ID'd four Korean pilots as Ho Lee Fuk, Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, and Bang Ding Ow -- local TV station KTVU is still trying to atone. Its latest mea culpa: a 30 minute documentary on Korean-American "Success Makers," hosted by 2006 Survivor winner and "sexiest man alive" Yul Kwon.
from Twitter Yul Kwon, looking heroic.
Station managers reportedly met with members of the Asian American Journalists Association and various other outlets after the names blunder in order to discuss better ways to cover Asian-Americans. Members of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California originally floated the idea for "Success Makers," which features stories of five luminaries -- actor Daniel Dae Kim, cartoonist Lela Lee, philanthropist Chong Moon Lee, and 49ers President Gideon Yu -- interspersed with scraps of Korean immigration history.
It's a necessary olive branch for certain swaths of the station's audience, KABANC Vice President Taewoong Koo told local magazine KoreAm. He added that the celebratory segment had a kind of sincerity that KTVU's profuse verbal apologies couldn't convey. In an interview with the Weekly, Koo added that he'd like to see more positive coverage of the Asian American community, and not only in light of major public fiascos.More »