I wondered, too. And the best I come up with was that she'd have something in common with the natives. English is their second language. English is her second language.
Then today comes a report that takes the mystery out of the invitation. It's a joke.
According to Business Insider Daily, the Asian investment firm CLSA which booked Palin has a reputation for bringing a touch of humor to their investor meetings.
In the past, they've polled Asian fortunte tellers for index targets, hired anime cartoonists to draw Japanese research and generally love to push the boundaries between entertainment and analysis. They are a real research firm, it's just that they love to sprinkle in some hilarity every now and then as a smart marketing gimmick.
Sarah Palin, the report says, "is this year's big laugh for them."
Now the big question is will she even know she's being pranked. Sarah's a little slow on the uptake. During the 2008 campaign a couple of Canadian DJ's calling themselves "The Masked Avengers" strung her along for nearly five minutes by making her think she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarah remained oblivious during the chat, even when "Sarkozy" asked if she'd take him hunting by helicopter and referenced a porn movie - Nailin Palin - that featured her likeness.
It took the DJ's telling Sarah she'd been pranked before she figured it out. The woman is a laugh riot without even trying. Now that she knows she's expected to be funny in Asia, does that mean she'll actually try? Or will the former-VP candidate-turned-international-joke do as she has always done at home and deliver the laughs just by opening her mouth?
Or maybe she won't go at all, as has been her trend. This time at least, she'll have an excuse.