Secret Love Affair is still on-going, so I am still clutched tight in its over-heated grip and loving every minute of it. (I am so thrilled for Yoo Ah-in, by the way. That his last drama before Military Duty is such a gooder, and that his acting is being so well remarked on. It makes me a very happy fan-girl.)
But! Other dramas do exist and I shall babble on about a couple of them now.
I have managed to hook the husband into watching Miss Korea with me. It took a tiny bit of effort (the beginning was a tad rocky — I have a draft post all about it — should be up early next week), but Ji-young strutted her awesome self and Director Ma stared down the world with her awesome self, and the husband came on board. (He is, perhaps unsurprisingly, not as moved by the dark warmth of Lee Sun-kyun‘s voice. Watching dramas with boys is different.)
I had an interesting moment of culture-shock (which I love!) while watching the Taiwanese drama, In a Good Way. Our leading lady, Lin Jia En, is a freshman in college in the 1990s. And the drama beautifully captures her growth into adulthood as she figures out who she is and what her dreams are. Very relatable and universal coming-of-age feelings.
But at one point, there is a protest (I won’t share any details, so no spoilers here). And the University reacts with shock and dismay because, “There’s never been a protest on campus before! What if this becomes a habit!?!” And I had to laugh. Because in the States, college-protests are as much a part of campus life as mystery meat in the cafeteria. And have been for decades.
And then I got thoughtful. Because the reason college life in the United States has public protest as part of its culture is because of a whole lot of political turmoil in the 1960s. Which made me curious about the political state of affairs in Taiwan during the 1990s. I’ve only done the barest of Wikipedia-based research but I know far more about Taiwan’s recent(ish) history than I did before. And that’s why I love these little moments of culture-shock. It’s a great nudge to learn more about the world around me.
Drama-watching: it’s educational!