This is Part 1 of a special edition of What's Up in Dramaland where we discuss why representation matters, and cover depictions of race and identity specifically.
We called for your input, and you responded spectacularly! We're really excited to bring you this two-part series on why representation matters, how it often presents itself in K-drama, and what it means for our fandom experience.
Part 1: RACE REPRESENTATION
00:05:45 Why does representation matter?
00:12:14 Contemporary cultural context and the migrant demographic shift
00:16:55 History of blackface
00:28:05 History of blackface in Korea, and the history of American imperialism
00:39:32 Marcia's voice note: Man to Man, Father I'll Take Care of You, Backstreet Rookie, and how we deal with bad rep as members of marginalised groups
01:03:55 Indian representation: Strong Woman Do Bong-soon's fake yogi; Park Hae-jin in Kkondae Intern; Axone as good rep of Indians from NE states
01:17:53 How white people are represented in K-drama and English as a marker of social status (Dramas: Search WWW; CLOY; A moment At Eighteen)
01:24:33 Itaewon Class and Chris Lyon
Part 2: LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION
01:30:34 Itaewon Class and trans rep with Lee Joo-young
01:35:12 Graceful Family, Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, and trans villainy
01:40:11 Personal Taste and "gayface"
01:43:23 Accessing private spaces and gender-bending dramas
01:46:12 Coffee Prince and the "gay for you" trope
01:51:29 Secret Boutique
01:54:28 My Unfamiliar Family
01:57:28 Reply 1997
01:59:08 Her Private Life and obligatory tragedy
02:03:34 Where Your Eyes Linger
02:04:42 Her Private Life, again. HELLO RYAN GOLD
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In our extended show notes, you can find links to the articles we reference in the episode, quotes we didn't have time to read out, and additional points from us that we forgot to mention during the recording. Read them here: https://dramasoverflowers.net/2020/08/02/representation-in-dramaland-race-and-lgbtq-identity/