KPop Culture & Society

Explanations of some of the curious practices you might see in Korean dramas (the noble idiot, piggyback rides), or the meanings behind cultural symbols or mythical creatures.
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Pop Culture & Society
K-drama YA novel alert: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by | September 15, 2016 | 46 Comments
It isn’t often that we write about books on Dramabeans, but when I heard there was a Young Adult novel coming out that explicitly deals with K-dramas—and a Korean-American heroine who uses K-dramas as a love guide—it sounded like exactly the kind of thing Beanies might want to know about. We initially heard from YA... More »

Kpop News
Dramabeans Asks a Korean: What is Seo Taiji’s Sogyeokdong?
by | October 29, 2014 | 81 Comments
[We’ve got a special post for you today, brought to you by TK, the author of the excellent blog Ask a Korean. We’ve admired his well-researched and in-depth posts for a long while, so when we recently connected and TK expressed an interest in sharing a K-pop-related question/answer post for the Dramabeans audience, we were... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Why Do Dramas Do That?: The Book Launch!
by | October 2, 2013 | 157 Comments
Guess what, we wrote a book! And it only took us a gazillion years! We finally got Part 1 written up (thanks monkeys) and ready for launch, and we promise we won’t take a gazillion more years to roll out Parts 2 and 3. Or maybe we promise to try. Because yunno… there are DRAMAS... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Why Do Dramas Do That?: The Table of Contents
by | August 26, 2013 | 209 Comments
Last week we gave you a brief taste of what’ll be in our forthcoming ebook Why Do Dramas Do That? (Part 1), and now we’re unveiling the full lineup. So here’s the full list of topics for Part 1, beginning with the lay of the (drama)land and ending on some of the recurring narrative tropes... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Dramabeans the (e)Book: Why Do Dramas Do That?
by | August 19, 2013 | 277 Comments
Why do dramas do that? If ever there were a question that characterized the seven years we’ve been running this site, that would be the one. What’s with the back hugging? Do Koreans really drink so much soju? Wrist grabs: EXPLAIN! We attempted to tackle the question with our Pop Culture and Glossary series of... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Goodbye beast men, hello candy men?
by | September 5, 2010 | 218 Comments
Are choco abs a thing of the past? Probably not, but there does seem to be a new wave of heroes making a comeback, and sweeping the ‘Beast Men’ under the rug. For a while now, the so-called Beast Men have cropped up and taken center stage, as a reaction against the ‘Flower Pretty Boy’... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Pop Culture: Gumiho
by | August 8, 2010 | 83 Comments
In honor of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho premiering this week, we thought it would be a good time to define what a gumiho is, and discuss this mythical creature’s cultural implications on gender, film, and tv. This isn’t a comprehensive definition, by any means, because there are endless number of myths, folktales, films, and... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Pop Culture: The Fairy and the Woodcutter
by | August 1, 2010 | 138 Comments
One of the reasons girlfriday and I wanted to open up the blog to this Pop Culture series is because we’d sometimes like to depart from the norm and muse about stuff. It allows us to take something from pop culture or society at large and run with it. Girlfriday took on the piggyback ride... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Pop Culture: Piggyback Rides
by | July 11, 2010 | 218 Comments
My Name is Kim Sam-soon Hey, girlfriday here to kick off a new series that we’re doing, to call attention to some of the recurring motifs in kdramaland, by way of pop culture. Topics will range from cultural bits of Koreanness, to drama tropes, folktales, to things we simply find amusing or interesting, in tv/film/music.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Western actors becoming more visible on Korean TV
by | August 14, 2009 | 83 Comments
Here’s an article that takes a look at the growing trend of non-Korean actors being featured on television, which caught my eye because it talks about one of the leads in the new weekend comic drama Tamra the Island, which I’m enjoying. “Foreigners on television are no longer unfamiliar” On the 8th, viewers watching MBC’s... More »