From zero to hero (and back again)

…out. Take Yoo Ah In, for example. I think we can all agree that his magnetic, expressive turn as Sun Jae is one of the best things about this series. But two years ago at this time, he was starring in Fashion King , possibly the most reviled Korean drama in recent memory. (If you’re ever bored and looking for a laugh, I highly recommend Googling reviews about it. I’ve never seen the word “sucks” used so often, or with such fervor.) I never did w…

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My two favorite things: books and dramas

…uired one website to go all the way back to the 1994–2004 run of the sitcom Friends. There are some exceptions, often in the form of a girl who’s never far from her latest book, including Rory from Gilmore Girls,  Suzy from Moonlight Kingdom, and the prisoners of Orange Is the New Black. But if you were a space alien watching American media, you’d probably come to the conclusion that nobody in the country ever touches a book. In Korean

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My two favorite things: books and dramas

…uired one website to go all the way back to the 1994–2004 run of the sitcom Friends. There are some exceptions, often in the form of a girl who’s never far from her latest book, including Rory from Gilmore Girls,  Suzy from Moonlight Kingdom, and the prisoners of Orange Is the New Black. But if you were a space alien watching American media, you’d probably come to the conclusion that nobody in the country ever touches a book. In Korean

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New Dramas: King of High School, Joseon Gunman, and Trot Lovers

…iends a girl could have. Now that I’ve gotten my sentimentality out of the way for the day, it’s new drama time! Last drama cycle was kind of a bust for us. Out of all of the options, I was only interested in You Are All Surrounded, and then I picked up Witch’s Romance towards the end of its run. Coco and I are more interested in the shows this time around. Here’s what we’re watching: King of High School/ High…

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Navel gazing and sweeping generalizations: Watching drama as an American

…son, how does it feel watching Kdramas? I’m Asian so I like them because they resemble my life more than western dramas.” As a fairly average American, I can say the exact opposite is true. When I first started watching Korean dramas, it was like the moment in the Wizard of Oz when the world turns to technicolor. I’ve spent most of my life immersed in pop culture, but here was something totally new and different. As a form of entertainment, it…

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