Saturday, June 21, 2008

#40 Korean Dramas

This one was a long time in coming. Korean Dramas are part of the Holy Trinity of Stuff Korean Mom's Like (The others being Church and a tie between their Male Children - see #7 - and pointing out physical deformities - see #19 -). Korean Dramas are to Korean Moms what Mcdonald's is to a fat kid. To a Korean Mom, Korean Dramas are the only thing worth watching on TV or DVD/Video. Yes, many of them still watch these on VHS, they are hard core like that. Don't hate. A Korean Mom will even become computer literate just so she can watch her favorite Korean Drama online. She will not know how to type, or use Google, but she will know how to power on a PC and illegally download the latest Drama with Bae Yong Jun. She may not know what the call waiting beep is, but she knows how to use Limewire or Veoh so she can watch the craziness of the perpetual story line that goes, 'Rich Korean boy falls in love with poor Korean girl, parents don't approve, they marry anyway, beg for forgiveness, then one of them dies'. Do not come between a Korean Mom and her latest Korean Drama of choice. She will cut you. Here is a little known secret. Korean Dramas are not fictional to Korean Moms they are reality. It is their version of 'Real World' or 'Laguna Beach'. My Korean Mom does not watch Korean Dramas anymore. She claims watching them made her think about the Korean Dramas more than she did about anything, anyone, or life in general. She quit cold turkey...those were... dark days. *shudder*

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

so true!!

Anonymous said...

My mom quit cold turkey for that reason as well. Another Korean mom wanted to discuss a drama with my mom, but my mom refused to watch it. She begged and my mom still refused. Then one day, my mom received a box with 21 VHS episodes. It was like a drama drive-by shooting.

NR said...

The same is true of Indian moms and Indian dramas... Sure, the storyline is a bit different (Rich boy meets girl, boy's evil relatives conspire to keep them apart, boy eventually marries girl who is then tortured by said relatives, girl dies, but is reincarnated as same girl, drama repeats ad nauseum), but the underlying relationships between moms and their favorite dramas is exactly the same.

I had to wean my mother off indian dramas (at her request), only to find her furtively watching one when she thought I had gone to sleep. Her excuse: the tv found the channel of its own volition and then the remote stopped working.

gooksu said...

I can't tell you how surprised I was when I heard my mom taking computer classes. and she wanted a laptop for her 60th birthday so she could watch her videos online as soon as it was available. The woman doesn't even know google but she knows how to pay for her kbs and sbc accounts online.

Blue Floppy Hat said...

NR's right, Indian moms can be equally crazy over the REALLY HORRIBLE Indian dramas- at least your kdramas have decentish production values and cute actors, ours just suffer from an OD of pancake makeup!

PS: I love Princess Hours/Goong. Yoon Eun Hye is too cute..

Richard said...

As embarassing as it is to admit...I must be a "korean mom"

Hello, my name is Richard...and I love korean dramas!
Tell you mothers about www.mysoju.com Awesome website with like every Korean drama/movie on streaming video!

Korean dramas are so much better than the crap we have on television in the US. I can't stand American Idol, I cant stand Survivor. The best part is Korean dramas are on all the time through the internet. Meanwhile I have to wait all summer long for the next episode of Grey's Anatomy or House...as long as the writers guild doesnt strike again.

Anonymous said...

I love Korean dramas, definitely better than crappy reality shows. And they're very popular amongst other Asian countries!

Anonymous said...

I can't help but laugh when i read this blog... everything about it is so true! I'm half Korean and can't understand a word of Korean, yet my mom thinks it's bonding time for us when we watch these Korean dramas... she'll try to explain what's going on, but it's all just so confusing... so she'll get the ones with subtitles... and yes they were on VHS... she'd rent them 5 at a time and spend all day in bed watching these things... and now it's progessed to online... she literally will sit in the dark with the laptop in bed and watch them religiously... hahaha I must admit thought I love the dramatic story lines!

Seoul Brother said...

My gf and I were channel surfing one evening a few years back, and we stumbled upon a wonderful road accident on one of the two Korean channels called "Over the Green Fields." Neither myself (go on - start playa hatin' y'all) nor my girlfriend can understand a lick of Korean (and that's a disturbing Freudian image), so we were screwed, especially since it's an old yet cherished Korean TV Drama. Still, we watched it eagerly, and I even found the soundtrack cd on 32nd St in Mannyhanny.

Even thought there is a growing appreciation for the cheese that is Korean Drama (and isn't that redundant?) I miss that show a hell of a lot. Maybe it will come out on DVD. That and "Age of Warriors." Those two shows were The Shit.

parksalot said...

you know that vegetative state most boys/men get into when playing a computer game? that's the same state korean moms' are in when watching a korean drama. when i call while my mom is watching a korean drama... she on auto-pilot and just say yes to things, she probably even nods while she watches the moving pictures with wide eyes (a rarity amongst koreans)

Seoul Brother said...

parksalot said...
you know that vegetative state most boys/men get into when playing a computer game? that's the same state korean moms' are in when watching a korean drama.

Actually we get that look with lots of different things, but you forgot about "slack-jawed." Goodlordamighty, If I'm playing a "Metal Gear Solid" game, ain't a whole hell of a lot that's gonna dislodge my ass from the futon. Can I get an AMEN, my brothas & sistas?

Anonymous said...

Korean dramas are popular in SE Asia, too. You can't imagine my surprise to turn on a TV set in Burma and see Koreans going through the love-gained, love-lost thing.

Happily, my wife only watches these dramas when she's homesick. She seems to think the Korean films I rent from Netflix (avant garde and highly acclaimed films, mind you) are "strange," complete with a somewhat-soft stank eye.

Clammy said...

It's scary. My Korean mom was mostly computer illiterate, short of turning it on, typing something, and printing. Once she found out she could get dramas and music online, she asked me to teacher her (I work in the I.T. field). She learned how to burn music, take pictures off her camera and send the to people, korean yahoo search, and I got her an ipod and she can rip music and d/l it as well. She also learned how to get... yes... korean dramas. She now keeps her computer on 24/7 and downloads more than I DO on an average day to day basis!!!! And to give you an idea of how much media I have... I have near 4 terabytes of storage.

dim said...

If you haven't seen Bobby Lee's parodies of said Korean dramas and you feel like a good laugh...
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bobby+lee+korean+drama&search_type=

Heather *IsaBella and Harrison's Mommy* said...

So true, so true... My mom has "health problems" (of course, because of me!) and I told her it's probably from her overdose of Korean Dramas because she doesn't sleep until she is finished with all the videos and then complains about how tired she is the next day! And this from a woman who won't let me keep a digital clock in the room or heaven forbid, a warming blanket because of the radioactivity that will cause cancer!!!

Love always,
Heather