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TERM The 171th term 

Blooming Article

K-dramas’ global appeal lies in ‘wholesome sexiness’

1st Sep, 2016

http://www.koreaherald.com/
Edited by Ms. Ye-lim Lee


         
    
 The international appeal of Korean TV shows lies in their “wholesome sexiness,” according to Sean Richard Dulake, who plays the dreamy male lead Joon Park in the show-within-a-show universe of the online drama series “Dramaworld.”  “I had always wondered why Korean content was connecting to outsiders,” said the actor-producer Wednesday in Seoul at Broadcast Worldwide 2016 (BCWW), a media convention hosted by the Culture Ministry and Korea Creative Content Agency. In 2013, Dulake directed “Finding Hallyuwood,” a documentary on the Korean Wave phenomenon. “Dramaworld,” available for streaming on Viki and Netflix, parodies K-dramas’ cliches and fans who are obsessed with their pristine characters and sugar-coated plotlines. Some 80 percent of its viewers are Caucasian, black and Hispanic, according to Viki; only 20 percent come for Asian countries. Most of these fans are “in their teens to mid-20s” who are “hopeless romantics,” according to Dulake. “A lot of content they find in (their) local market is very gritty, with a lot of antihero stuff. Characters are having sex in the first episodes,” he said. “What K-drama offers to fans is this wholesome way to fall in love and it brings a different kind of joy to their lives.”

 With an increasing international viewership for K-dramas, foreign studios are vying to take them abroad and even participate in their production.  According to Craig Hunegs, president of business and strategy at Warner Bros. Television Group, the TV arm of Warner Bros. Entertainment, the US production company is taking “big steps” to increase its presence in Korea and distribute K-dramas online. It produced Kim Jee-woon’s film “The Age of Shadows,” which was selected as a contender for the Academy Awards on Tuesday.  Since acquiring the K-drama web streaming platform DramaFever in February, it has “dramatically increased” the site’s programming budget, Hunegs said, exclusively licensing titles such as “Jealousy Incarnate” and “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo,” which are currently airing on Korean television networks.  “We are in active and advanced discussions with other studios as well,” Hunegs added. “Working together we can bring the very best of South Korea to the global audience.”

 Meanwhile, Korean television is seeing a surge in American drama remakes. “The Good Wife,” an adaptation of the eponymous US courtroom drama series, wrapped up last week on cable channel tvN; a rendition of “Entourage,” a comedy series depicting celebrity life, will air on tvN this November.  Legal drama “Suits” is also being remade by Korea’s EnterMedia Pictures and set for broadcast early next year. Gene Klein, the producer of the original series, hoped that “something new” would be added in the show’s new version. “There are plenty of examples of ‘I wouldn’t do it that way,’ and I think that’s great,” Klein said on the Korean script at BCWW 2016. “It has to work in its own way. ... A local version should be informed by the voice of the actors and the lives there. If the audience wants to see the original, they can.” BCWW 2016 will run until Sept. 2 at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center.


Word check

● eponymous [ɪ|pɑ:nɪməs] : An eponymous hero or heroine is the character in a play or book whose name is the title of that play or book.

● vie [vaɪ] : If one person or thing is vyingwith another for something, the people or things are competing for it.

● rendition [ren|dɪʃn] : A rendition of a play, poem, or piece of music is a performance of it.

● wholesome [|hoʊlsəm] : If you describe something as wholesome, you approve of it because you think it is likely to have a positive influence on people's behaviour or mental state, especially because it does not involve anything sexually immoral.

● pristine [|prɪsti:n] : Pristine things are extremely clean or new.

● gritty [|grɪti] : Something that is gritty contains grit, is covered with grit, or has a texture like that of grit.

Questions

1. Why do you think K-dramas are appealing to viewers?

2. Do you agree with Korean wave other than k-pop?

TERM PAPER


Group Project



Introduction :

 According to the beginning of this semester, most of students worried about group assignment and the outcome of it. Some people who agree the suggestion, especially professors who regard team project as positive, argue that group project gives students an opportunity to improve their leadership and  the sprit of teamwork and team project is a pre-experience of work environment which students should adjust in the future.
 
 Furthermore, they think that rather than individual project, it could be helpful to broaden one's sight and  get a much effect of achievement of assignment.

 On the other hands, cons who fiercely oppose this kind of projects says that the assignment of group project is not shared by all of the group members and when there is a problem between the members of group, it is usually hard for professors to solve the problem Moreover, they mention that in case that exchange student was assigned to group, it could be difficult for students to appropriately communicate with.



Pros vs. Cons

Pros :  1. Group project gives students an opportunity to improve their leadership and  the sprit of teamwork.
 2. Team project is a pre-experience of work environment which students should  adjust in the future.
 3. Rather than individual project, it could be helpful to broaden one's sight and  get a much effect of achievement of assignment.
 


Cons : 1. The assignment of group project is not shared by all of the group members.
 2. When there is a problem between the members of group, it is usually hard  for professors to solve the problem.
 3. In case that exchange student was assigned to group, it could be difficult for  students to appropriately communicate with.


Word check

● opportunity [ɒpəˈtjuːnɪti] : A time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do.

● something suggestion [səˈdʒɛstʃ(ə)n] : An idea or plan put forward for.

● consideration assignment [əˈsʌɪnm(ə)nt] : A task or piece of work allocated to someone as part of a job or course of study.