For the Love of Kdramas

The Moon That Embraces The Sun (해를 품은 달 - 2012)

The Moon That Embraces The Sun (해를 품은 달 – 2012)

“Why do you like Korean stuff?” That question is often said with a note of disdain and isn’t necessarily an easy one to answer. From childhood, I watched TV shows and movies from other countries, usually without the help of subtitles. In my teens, right after Video One or Request Video would end, I would flip to channel 18 to watch an Asian drama. It was usually a historical drama from China or Korea, depending on the day of the week. I didn’t know what was being said, but the stories were easy to follow, the acting was terrible and awesome at the same time and the costuming was peak.

Most (American) people I know don’t like watching subtitled thing media unless it’s from a European country. They give reasons I’ll never understand. I feel it’s a good way to learn culture and language. When I was around 15 years old, a friend from the mosque got a new sister-in-law. She came to America not knowing a lick of English. In the next few years, she was fluent in English AND Spanish. Why? As a Libyan in Southern California, people are quick to speak Spanish to her. As a hijabi in America, she needed to be able to confront the ignorant, “Speak English!” attacks. She watched telenovelas and day-time soaps. Granted, everything she said sounded like there was a plot twist coming up, but at least she could communicate. Continue reading

Artist of the Week: Hong Jin Young

Trot Queen Hong Jin Young

Trot Queen Hong Jin Young

Trot Queen, Hong Jin Young is our Artist of the Week. If you watch Korean variety shows, you have noticed that Ms. Hong’s fame has skyrocketed over the past two years. Debuting in 2007 with girl group SWAN  (Strong Women Achiever, No Spouse–yeah, I know…), Hong Jin Young was a relative unknown for years until her variety show appearances caught producer’s eyes and captured fans hearts.

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