About Me

Hello. This is Prof. AKIA formally known as "A Korean in America". 

I used to blog from America but ended up back in Korea. Thus, the name change.
 On this blog, akiatalking.com I write about Korean dramas. I also have a separate dedicated blog, kmovietalk.com, for Korean Movie Reviews. 

And, since I've been back to Korea, I'm talking side jobs for translating (oops formerly had a typo here!) mostly from Korea to English. If you need to have some thing translated, give me a email: akoreaninamerica@outlook.com

Here is my grading scheme
Great with only minor problems! (A- or [8.25] ~ A+ or [10])
Good but with some serious problems! (B- or [6] ~ B+ or [7.5])
Has some serious problems but worth watching at least once! (C-  or [3.75]~ C+ or [5.25])
The problems overwhelm the things okay (D- or [1.5] ~ D+ or [3])
No reason to exist (F or [0])

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  1. This remains a very interesting blog, also because of some similarities between Korea and The Netherlands in some way. This idea is not mine, it was already pointed out by other's with interest in Korea.
    The Netherlands is often called "Holland", because of the two traditionial main economical provinces North and South Holland.
    It is a very small country: 16 million people; if there is a globe in your room or on your desk: put a pencil between Germany and England and it will cover most of the territory.
    But the area that now covers The Netherlands and Belgium has been a trading-place between East and West for centuries, and it still is.
    Due the colonial past, there are ties with The Americas and Asia going back 500 years.
    Many names in New York remind of that: "Hoboken, Brooklyn, Wall-Street " are a few of them.
    Indonesia was colonised for 350 years.

    Another province has become a main province in modern days: Brabant. Homeground of electronical company Philips.
    There is a Koreatown around the hometown Eindhoven, Philips has old ties with LG and other Asian giants.
    Rotterdam lost its title of largest port in the world to Shanghai. "But we don't mind, because most ships we get are from Shanghai", they say.
    Amsterdam-Schiphol is a main hub in Europe, and the only airport in the world that connects all parts of the world. The only airport with direct flights into main China.
    The political power these days is very small.
    In general it sometimes feels like an American state, and it is the most Western country, together with The United Kingdom, in Europe.

    Religion was by tradition Protestant-Calvin or Catholic.
    Before WW2 it was a very traditional country, with very strict rules and not much left of the inspiration of the Golden 17th century.
    Great artists worked in Rome, Paris, London or other places, in Holland people went to work and to church.
    It was the Marshall-Plan, lot's of American money injected in Europe's postwar economy, that put Europe on it's feet again.
    ( Similar with the money that put Korea back on track,about 20 years ago )

    We grew up with everything American or English in the '50 s and '60's.
    The hippy-years, starting around 1962, hit Holland very early and blew the social and religious structures into pieces.
    Also in England, in other countries things happened much later.
    The echo's are still going around even these days.
    Behavior of Dutch and English tourists in other countries can be rather noisy.

    No social rules in nowadays daily talk. Old yells at young, and young yells at old. Pupil yells at teacher, etc.
    A British Minister of Education suggested in 2010 to bring a bit of Confucius back into British education.
    Ofcourse this is generalizing,every country has it's quirks.
    But we have build up a certain reputation in the rest of Europe.

    Many more cultural streams are flowing through Holland, from all continents.
    There is old heritage, but there is no string attached to the old culture.
    Even in next door Germany , England and Belgium those strings are still stronger.

    In that way, it is very interesting for a Dutchman to see where Korea is going.
    And perhaps we can learn from it.
    The rich Korean history goes so much further back into ancient times, and social habits seem to be so much stronger still.
    There are few countries in the world like that I think, one stake deep into the ground, the other reaching into the sky.

    Holland was a rich country for many years, but with the recent economic gloom, young people have to fight for their place in society.
    Some knowledge of basic rules when addressing people who are advanced more will not hurt.
    Conclusion: Korean drama can be very educative .

  2. Thank you.
    Korea is like the 70s in US. History wise we have history that no one really knows and cares about! It is more about tradition and social control...
    Since entering the modern age, we have separated our selves from out past alot because it does not work with modern society since we did not naturally developed from that age but was pushed through it.

    Like until 1905ish, we had slaves. No one really talks about it in any detail. In media, slavery is portrayed to be wacky or in relations to socialist ideas. However, no one looks closer.

    After the modern age, the medieval idea of social hierarchy and control still remains today. No one really care about a individual's happiness. It is not a virtue it learn when you are growing up. You define your worth as a person by society's standards!
    No one tells you "you have worth as a person"!

    So, it is like the whole society has "Stockholm syndrome" a little...
    So, don't need to be too envious! lol

  3. Hi
    You have an interesting blog. My knowledge of Korea and Koreans is limited to Korean dramas. Obviously, they are not representative of an average Korean but I can't seem to understand the consistent characterize Korean elderly especially women in a negative light. I understand the need to protray an evil/ bad mother in law, but most dramas go to such an extreme in this protrayal. I am guessing the over representation of such characters is probably what the audience wants. My question is- What kind of relationship does an average Korean have with their in-laws?

    1. Well... It is more like 2 decades ago relationship representations.
      Now, there are fewer relationships like that but they still exist! I have a friend in a similar situation.
      You have to understand that Korea is still a very hierarchical society in which abuse rolls down stream. It is still the standard for the superior to degrade and control underlings for control and kicks!

    2. Nice to see a commenter and thanks for the visit!

  4. Makes me think: Years ago, when there was not much news about Korea, I read an article about the similarities between Japan and Germany. In the way of hierarchy , and in the dedication to do things correct. Korea seems to be in that club too the last so many years.

    An article I read recently: There are many women at the moment on very strategic places in the German industry. In electronical giant Siemens and other multi-nationals. On top of that Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor . One of the most important persons in the world at the moment besides American and Asian leaders in the hectic days of 2013.
    And who would believe that many of those women, including Merkel, started as nanny or house-maid ?
    Feels like a good old Kdrama !

    German history is drenched with Drama, in theater and in real life.
    A joint drama-production Korea-Germany, ( inside the theater !), like the Korea-Hollywood remakes , would not be far fetched I think.

  5. Nothing to do about your bio post but I just wanna ask since you watch both Jdrama and Kdrama, which drama do you prefer more? Ignoring plots, just in general.

    1. Pre-2010s...Definitely Jdrama but in the past few years, Jdrama has been on a decline.
      So not it is hard to judge. Jdramas are disappointing and Kdramas are unsatisfying...

  6. hi
    im doing a paper on TRA in kdrama -since it is 'live' filming si it is a good way to study it
    sorry for the question but are you a real prof.?
    i want to quote you if its ok, but it can only be by an academic
    thanx ahead

  7. Hi!

    I was wondering if you know of any books on kdrama/screenwriting written by korean screenwriters and translated into english? I can't find any through online and resources in USA! Also, after reading your post on novelizations of popular K-dramas, wanted to ask if you know of any that's been translated?