A few years ago, I brought my Korean-born son with me to Fort Worth, to attend a World Cup game pitting South Korea against Germany. We stopped in a sporting-goods store, where I asked the salesclerk if she had any World Cup caps and/or T-shirts emblazoned with "Korea." She said, well, gee whiz, no, but she had some "China" shirts and caps. And, no kidding, she asked: "That's the same thing, isn't it?" Well, no.
I couldn't help remembering that when I read this involving actor Karl Yune of the ill-starred Speed Racer.