Laura Ling and Euna Lee will be tried for hostile acts against the North Korean state. If actually tried and convicted (and really, who are we kidding here?), they could spend years in labor camps.
When I first heard about two Asian American journalists from Current TV being captured, I was worried and upset, but hopeful that they would be quickly released in some face-saving way. Who knows, right? But the idea that they might be kept there - even tortured or punished or God-I-don't-even-want-to-think-about-it - it's just too horrible to think about. From the first moment I read about their capture, I've felt protective of these two women. And yes, it is partly because they are Asian American. Even as a second-gen, there's a feeling of solidarity and kinship amongst those who have experienced life as we have experienced it. I guess it was a similar glued-to-the-TV/internet-for-any-updates that went on when James Kim and his family went missing. That sense that it could have been one of us, any of us, our friends or our family and, knowing how close-knit our communities are, that wasn't and isn't so far-fetched.
So I know we're supposed to be all measured and circumspect about this since so little information is doled out about North Korea, but can I just say that I am very, very worried and not a little upset by this newest turn of events?
But I'm still hoping and praying for their safety and their quick release. What else can we do, after all?