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January 7th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

The Gosselin FamilyI don’t watch much TV at all, but one show got my attention. Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a reality show about a family with one set of twins and one set of sextuplets! That’s remarkable all by itself. It’s especially of interest to me since Jon is half Korean and the children are one quarter Korean.

The show chronicles the daily life of the Gosselins – Jon, Kate, Cara, Madelyn, Alexis, Aaden, Collin, Leah, Hannah, and Joel. The mundane activities of family life turn into a television-worthy circus. I’ve watched a few episodes and did some Googling. Here are some of my quick thoughts:

  • The husband is [half] Asian and the wife is Caucasian. You typically see Caucasian male / Asian female pairings.
  • It’s great to see that the chaos of raising 8 children overshadows their biracial status.
  • I always smile privately whenever I see an Asian person portrayed in the media who speaks with a perfectly good American accent.
  • Kate is older than Jon, so that’s another stereotype buster. Yay!
  • Kate is a control freak and engages in plenty of henpecking. This doesn’t help the perception of Asian men in America.
  • I wonder what their car would look like if they had “Family Aboard” stickers on it.

I’m not a big fan of television, but there is one worthwhile takeaway from all this. One of the many official sites dedicated to the Gosselins features tips for running a smooth household. This is sound advice whether you have one child or 8!

Now that my curiosity has been satisfied, I can turn the TV off until the Stanley Cup Finals.

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