Writers are always told to write the book they want to read. I wrote an essay which I desperately wanted to see, every time a drama did something racially problematic. Not only did nobody write it, but even talking about it in some parts of the fandom has been hard.

I don’t usually ask this, you guys, but I beg you, please read this and share share share. Share it everywhere and with everyone. Share it even across DB wherever the conversation comes up.

Diversity in Dramaland: K-dramas and Racial Stereotypes

Thank you.

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    @Saya This was a well written article.

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    Wow I can’t believe suzy used the prayer mat as a doormat. I am so triggered rn!

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      Thank you for the comprehensive write-up addressing these problematic issues.

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      oh that wasn’t so bad – MWDTL was wayyyy worse! ^^

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      The prayer mat (though not this particular one) do sometimes look like a carpet but what really pissed me off was the description of the scene in K2 where the girl took off her hijab and kissed JCW after she was proposed to. Like, hijabis don’t get enough bad rep from Western media and now we have to deal w Asian ones as well.

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        I know, it’s completely ridiculous 🙄 All of these insensitive takes and misrepresentations of other people’s cultures, whether subtle or overt, are triggering and plain insulting. Personally I don’t think the prayer mat should be easily overlooked because it’s just as disrespectful for them to disregard the meaning of something used for worship. They should have done their research better.

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    Great piece!

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    Really well written, and it made me think. Thanks!

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    Thank you, Saya. You’ve written a very valuable essay 👏🏽 and I appreciate it.

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      thank you for reading! (and please keep spreading if you can)

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    Thanks for this, Saya. That was really good food for thought. There are lots of time when I just feel iffy watching a scene and you’ve pinpointed what it was about.

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    Thanks for this. I enjoyed reading it and realised the many things I tend to overlook in the dramas. I have shared it on Tumblr.

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