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Open Thread #746

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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The Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics is going to cause many current drama productions into TV hiatus. I think it is strange that TV executives would start a series knowing that they have Olympic coverage already scheduled in its time slots. It is a disservice to viewers. It would have been better to start with short k-drama specials or movies than start a kdrama then stop it for a couple of weeks.

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Yes I thought it was strange that some were starting just to go straight into hiatus too!

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Or change the airing time could also be an option...
Also find it intresting that among all the things that slot is needed for the Winter Olympics for ex.

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first kdrama i watched this year is Blue Birthday. i know its a webdrama but its so good. sometimes the cinematography on webdrama could be more childish but its so pretty, suit the theme of the first love trope. i love it because its something that i think rare in kdrama these days. Yeri surprisingly good too. the ost specially heize's covers On Rainy Day sooo good.
i wanna watch Bulgasal is it good? its the only one with fantasy genre atm

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Bulgasal strated off pretty well, i liked it with other beanies, but after like 7 8 eps I stopped watching, just didn't feel like watching it! You can see 4 eps and decide for yourself!

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why are you stopped watching?

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I have been enjoying Bulgasal, but be warned this is not a cute and fluffy fantasy if that's what you'd prefer right now.

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i know thats why i pending it. kinda sad i dhave nothing to watch atm

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Bulgasal is alright for the first eps and then it becomes repetitive and very slow. The drama never stops teasing about what really happened in the past, characters in the future try to become found family and even if they are quite flat they can also be likable. If you don't mind a tsundere ML and Candy FL, and if you like the found family trope there is still a chance you might like it.

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I think the biggest mistake and disservice to the whole show was that desire to conceal the secret of the past for the "big reveal" till it's last 2 episodes hurting the whole story in it's process...
Quite sad as i still think this story is the most charming when it was in the past.
The whole lore and monsters were quite captivating and truly wanted to see and learn more about this creatures rather than the repetitive stuff we've got with "I'm gonna kill X,no i'm gonna Kill y and all over again"

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Yes there was a lot to explore whether it had went into the monsters direction or into the relationships side but instead it did very little.

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Bulgasal: Origins could be a much more interesting drama, though it would have a tragic ending…

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Omo! Why is open thread so silent!?
I don't really have to say anything, but I can't help it when it's so silent here, so sharing here something, super randomly....

-I'm in a drama slump - for the very first time, ahuh, no drama isn't able to break that, last ep of drama I watched was last to last week's ghost doctor, still have 2 eps pending of Through the darkness... 🙃

- I've got 6 assignments of 100 marks, with deadline of 31st March, how and when I'll do, even I don't know! Until and unless things doesn't come on my head i don't do it, I work like a magic under pressure uk! Am lazy, but am also a perfectionist, lazy perfectionist!😅 Then I stay awake late nights and do! Just can't help myself on this issue!

- I've started working on my first ever Cross stitch project, it's called 'Japense Garden' - am so glad I finnally started and enjoying it so much! It's relaxingly therapeutic, lol! (I left my crochet pillow cover halfway and started this 🙂)
What else... yeah, this professors of mine have started taking lecs at evening too, 😑 5:30 to 7:30! Like who does this tell me!
- I've got myself lots of homemade snacks to binge during studies, i convinced myself that if they're homemade then they're healthy and bought them... But ik they aren't, so my diet is on holiday, lol!

What abt you guys....

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Good luck with your studies and projects!
I have long been jealous of a friend who as a youngster was like me, a perfectionist procrastinator. Her father sat her down and told her this was no way to go through life because you were robbing yourself of your best potential (and causing yourself so much unnecessary anxiety). I wish someone had helped me understand that, I had to learn it the hard way, and over decades. I wish that for everyone but it’s not an easy thing to change 👍🏼

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Oh thanks buddy!
The thing is Ik, I know that this is somehow affecting me, but I really just can't do it for the sake of it, even if it's something simple I'll search about 100 things related to it and will do it in the best way possible, even if it's taking 2x time!
Ah, how do I leave this!

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Good luck! Cross stitching, that sounds nice!

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Aw thanks tumble! Welcome chingu 🤗

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Hey, @unniunni, thanks for adding life to this thread! As someone who has a LOT of experience with professors, let me say that the vast majority are very sympathetic with students--its just that they have convinced themselves that what they have to say is more important than anything else students could be doing! So just be patient with them!
Speaking of homemade snacks, (well, not snacks, exactly) I tried to make the simplest Korean dish there is, tteok-bokki this week, and it was a disaster. I've actually "made" it many times before--boil up a quick broth with dried anchovies and kelp, throw in premade rice cakes and frozen fish balls, mix in some gochujang/soy/garlic and some vegetables, and Viola! But this time I thought I'd actually make everything from scratch. Bad Idea! My rice cakes were like eating rubber tires and my fish balls tasted like grease. It was genuine "street" food, that is food that tasted like you were eating a junked car. I guess I'll go back to something more my cooking level: a packet of ramyeon!

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Hahaha thank you for giving me a giant laugh today 🤣

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New street food imagery! 😀

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Making Your own rice cakes, especially for tteok-bokki, is going a bit far. Even 60 years ago, people took their freshly washed rice to the shop to be turned into tteok.

I can tell you from experience that freshly made tteok is absolutely delicious when eaten immediately at the factory. Just need a little soy sauce with a bit of sesame seed oil as a dipping sauce.

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Thanks for the reply. This is good to know. It doesn't seem as if it should be that hard! But that just shows that as with all cooking there's technique and knowledge that isn't conveyed by recipes. I knew this, of course, and would never even attempt any high-end dishes. I have had some good luck with pickles--I've done radishes and cucumbers. I love the side dishes!
I'm a big fan of fermentation of all types, and as soon as my wife lets me, I'm going to make some kimchi. I hope nothing explodes!

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Kimchi might overflow, but shouldn’t explode…

As I recall, the tteok maker was a big extrusion machine. Not like anything in a home.

Good luck with your efforts at Korean cuisine!

And, tteok-bokk comes in one-spicy versions, if you’d rather have it that way. Savory, made with a beef and mushroom broth, for example…

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Ok, so I didn't know what tteok bokki is, just googled, it looks like a penne pasta to me,lol!
ROFL at street and junk, gosh you have great sense of humour!😄
Cooking a packet of ramyeon is the very first thing we all learnt, no? 😅

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😄 I do that too with snacks, if it’s homemade then it’s healthy! (I’m only lying to myself 🙈)

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Yeah, I’m noticing that beanies’ engagement on dramabeans has plummeted. Is it because there are a lot of drama blog sites now? Or is it due to lack of content?

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F4 Thailand is still blowing my mind with its quality and depth. The detail and care that they all put into the show is so amazing, and I am so so happy to be watching as it airs. If you're confused that I'd be discussing "depth" about a BOF remake, believe me, it's understandable. I highly highly recommend you check it out.

All that said, it's ruined me for other stories right now. I'm mostly just rewatching old favs like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho to tide me over between episodes.

Anyone who wants to watch F4T, here you go:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oXn6UBUUycU&list=PLfOfbDVSQAtPofdKm_SxozVZzwUpAqo5I&index=1

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A group of us are watching it together and definitely into it. Nice to have a drama that is crack and doesn't require you to turn off your brain!

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Nice! I made my partner start watching (he likes it!) because I didn't know anyone irl watching. Other than him, I just talk about it non-stop on the mydramalist forum

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Thanks for the link. I’m somewhat interested due to your recommendation and enthusiasm where otherwise I’d probably just pass. I’ll let you know when I’ve started!

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Awesome! I started the show because of another beanie recommending it on an open thread, so I feel like I'm passing it forward lol.

If/when you finish episode 5, check out this Twitter thread:

https://twitter.com/subway_dates/status/1485132857135669248?t=eh-FgaJzBw4PFysiSIsjBg&s=19

Each episode has so much to talk about and think about, and this Twitter thread was one of my favorites.

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Thanks for the recommendation! I've been sampling a few Thai shows as well--nothing I could stick with yet--but I do really like listening to Thai. It has that "buzzy" timbre that is really unusual to someone like me, a provincial English only speaker. Of course, living in metropolitan Southern California I'm lucky enough to be able to hear a smattering of a whole bunch of languages, mostly dialects of Spanish, but also where I live a lot of Mandarin, which always sounds really "driven" and intense to me. Korean is in contrast so melodic and I love listening to that as well. In fact I was wandering around my local "big box" store Costco and I heard two older ladies (that is, about my age) talking in animated Korean and I was tempted to just follow them around a bit listening. But then if I did that I'm sure I would have learned the Korean phrase for "Get out of here, you creep!"

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Yes. The sound of a language is v important to me in spite of my profound levels of incomprehension. I'm hooked on Korean. I haunt cafes and restaurants run by Koreans and try to draw them into kdrama conversations. I have to exercise some self control.

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A new lurker has registered. Glad to be here!

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Welcome!

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Thank you!

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Welcome!

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Welcome!

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The heartiest of welcomes to you! 🙋🏼‍♀️

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Welcome! Glad to have you here

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👋

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Oh, thank all of you for the nice welcome! I don't want to spam the page with "thank yous", but they're there

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Welcome aboard @tumblesunny.

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Welcome!

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😂 I was just replying to comments on the open thread and got told off by the system for posting too quickly. That’s never happened to me before! Must look like spam.

The school holidays are over and my house has been really quiet this week with just the 2 yo home. We’re trying to control an omicron outbreak here so school drop off and pick up is a bit different - everyone masked (including a lot of the kids) and no one can go onto the school grounds). I am looking forward to the days when we don’t have to do this anymore.

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Posting too quickly? What a weird thing to tell you, wth? Huh.

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Wht? "Posting too quickly"? Does he think you're a bot or what?

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I assume it looks like a bot 🤷‍♀️

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Your youngest is already 2?? I remember the time when you said you were just starting work after your maternity leave.

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I know! I find it hard to believe myself - she’s 2 and half already, growing up way too fast 😭

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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

Lately I have been wondering whether I am ready to take some further steps towards recovery or not. Recovery takes time and patience, so I try to hold back and avoid biting off more than I can chew. On the other hand, when familiar things from better days catch my eye again after many months, it might be a sign that I am ready to embrace them again, despite my fear and reluctance. My therapist is cheering for me to give it all a go and take those steps, because even if all goes wrong, it will help me figure out where I stand and where I can go from here. On the familiar list for now we have 2 spring conventions, a visit to a friend in a city further away, and language self study!😁 Now I just need to figure out how I will combine that with my K-drama watching…🤔

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Your therapist is right. You've got to take that first step at some point.
And you can do it!!!

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Thank you for the encouragement!❤️

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Your therapist is right, even if things don’t go 100% you will learn from them the places where you are stronger than you think! Your therapist is able to see you more objectively and wouldn’t encourage you to do more than you can manage. Good work, Turtie!

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Thank you, sometimes I need the reminder!❤️

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Another drama slump is here.
Last slump was when Hospital Playlist 2 aired. It was the only one I watched each week. Surprising turn, my slump is towards series currently airing. I'm watching angel's Last Mission-Love and Hospital Playlist 1(rewatch). There's a whole lot to catch up on.

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Our Beloved Summer maybe?

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I stopped at ep 8.

It became less engaging as it ran.

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It did wrap up pretty well, I thought~the joke runs that eps 8-12 are filler heh!

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I think "watching dramas on the bus at 5am and 9pm" is how I'm going to spend the rest of the year... *Sigh* Sometimes I'm way too tired so I just listen some kpop or OSTs. I don't know how I can feel like crap and dance to KARA at the same time, but trust me, I can, even at 5am in a really crowded bus LOL.

Anyway, today I can actually sleep and I'm really happy about that (*Friday I'm in loveeee starts playing*).

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It’s a perfect K-drama bus riding image though 😉

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I've just completed The Red Sleeve and still having a lot of feelings. Any rec for a new drama to "cleanse the palate" so to speak? Perhaps action or psych thriller with eye candies in the cast? I'm current on Ghost Doctor and have started E1 of AOUAD, but I don't think I have the energy for the latter.

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Are you a relative drama newbie? If so for action I'd recommend the classic kdrama thrillers like Signal or Tunnel.

But if you're a veteran, among the newer thrillers, I thought Chimera was not bad. Through the Darkness is of course great but on hiatus right now.

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Thanks! Not exactly a veteran but I've seen Signal and Tunnel. Will check out Chimera.

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I watched about an hour of the Winter Games Opening Ceremony last night. It was stunningly beautiful. Because I'm experiencing midsummer where I am, with hot and steamy days that build up to explosive storms and heavy downpours, I loved the feeling of freezing cold in Beijing. The imagery of water, ice, and snowflakes was magical. I hope the American Samoan flag bearer, Nathan Crumpton, who showed off his abs, hasn't ended up with a cold. A commentator here remarked that he was a skeleton sleder, so he probably doesn't have much regard for his self preservation anyway. I remember being cold in Nanjing once, and it was another level altogether of bone freezing cold.

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I enjoyed the Opening Ceremony as well, especially the children singing and the doves. The “Spring willow dance” was particularly meaningful to me as I’m looking out at 9” of snow 😉

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maybe this is not wise to bring up... but, did anyone else finish Snowdrop? thoughts?

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I did. My response has to cryptic to avoid spoilers. It panned out pretty much as expected, although I wasn't sure how the leads would end up. What happened politically in rl is a major clue. I think Ji-soo made a big mistake taking the role. Firstly, for me at least, her character was bland and simultaneously irritating. Secondly she didn't have the range or experience to make much of it. The accolades go to Jung Hae-in and Yoo In-na who almost rewrote the script in my imagination, at least. I'm glad I watched it, but for my money, the film 1987, The Day Will Come, gives more insight into the times. Sadly, the romance in Snowdrop just did not light up.

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All the controversy aside (even though that's part of the problem, in the end), it felt like a wasted opportunity, to me...the last episode run time was around 1h 40 min and it still felt rushed, how even?!
They wasted so much time in the middle with the hostage situation and all the pointless back and forth but left some major plot points for the last episode, without proper development..kind of a mess, honestly.
There is this one review (https://mydramalist.com/profile/phantomlimbs/review/189913) I read on MDL that explains basically how I felt; it's a little long, but quite accurate, imo!

This is random, not sure if it even makes sense, but I was listening to the OST earlier (which is really lovely, actually) and I felt like it told a better story than the drama did! xD
Mostly the vibe, but some of the lyrics too!

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Drama slump for about a year now and life slump for about 3 yrs now. I'm trying to get it together. I really need a new drama to catch my attention.

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I feel you. Although I'm not in a drama slump right now, I'm in a long lasting life slump... We'll get better! Hugs!

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Drama slump and life slump, I hear both pf you, going through the same and probably for the same amount of time. A crack drama helps to distract that's all I can say, but when it finishes, life is still in slump.

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"life still in a slump"...🗣UGH

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What kinds of dramas do you like?

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Anything but something depressing. Like suspense, intrigue, rom-com but nothing that'll make me cry eg Dear My Friends

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I'm slowly watching Ghost Doctor (no time, no because I'm not enjoying it). It has that zany old school vibe.

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Been in DB a while, but first time to post in Open Thread because I have a burning question to Korean beanies re workplace physical violence in k-dramas. I have always been ignoring these workplace scenes (slapping, kicking knees, shaming, etc), because I thought these are all just OTT scenes, like they are mostly done by OTT villains (aka Taxi Driver) but somehow I am bothered by it now in Tracer, which is supposed to be a slice of life kind of story. Is this kind of employer-employee violence happening in real life even in corporate setting?

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I’ve been wondering too if that’s ok in Korea. Same with sexual harassment.

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i'd say yes. it is cultural. doesn't make it okay. but it exists and is real.

don't be shocked by other cultures' different approaches/opinions/actions. we cannot judge why these things came to be. but they can change, over time.

hopefully. and maybe not. our ways are not necessarily the "right ways" for other cultures, right?

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Fully agree on your last sentence and I am not really looking to judge nor to find deep-rooted causes for it. I am just really curious whether writers are just using thse scenes for added drama.

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And thanks for answering my question =)

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There is a right way and we should judge, whatever the culture. Tradition is no excuse for violence. We can understand the causes but we should not hide from the fact that they should change and improve.

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I think it is pervasive in their society. Here is one article I found about workplace bullying:

http://asiatimes.com/2020/01/south-korea-fails-to-stamp-out-workplace-bullying/

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Thanks for the article. It is not easy to change a pervasive behaviour but I am glad there are at least sone effort made by the governmeny already.

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It’s real and pervasive, not just in workplaces but also domestic violence and in schools too. They are trying to change though. It was not that long ago most of Korea lived in abject poverty. With a better standard of living, many of these behaviors are seen and frowned upon by other nations as well. Vietnamese women often go to and marry into South Korea for a better life, but the government of VN recently entreated the Korean government to step in to ensure they were not being abused after several videos surfaced of men horribly beating their Vietnamese wives. This is also why the #metoo movement took hold there. In historical times, corporal punishment was seen as “disciplinary.” The paternal/elder structure required it to keep everyone in their place and orderly. You answered to your superiors and if you stepped out of line, you were punished. Men used it to keep their families obedient. Now, we see that as abuse, but the historical tenant is there. Almost every show has it somewhere. Even from one “higher class” to to a “lower class,” men and women slapping, throwing things at each other has been historically culturally appropriate. Run On, Baumdog Revenge Club, even Coffee Prince (when he gets disciplined/beat by his dad) show how complacent this is.

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*commonplace (not complacent)

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