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K-Drama School

K-Drama School

By Grace Jung
K-Drama School is hosted by comedian and media scholar Grace Jung who analyzes a new Korean TV drama every week and contextualizes it according to its social, cultural and historical significance. K-Drama School is a fun and intellectually stimulating podcast for K-drama fans everywhere. Let Grace school you in K-dramas!
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K-Drama School - Ep 2: Goblin/Guardian and Huevos Rancheros with Lizzy Cooperman

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K-Drama School - Ep 4: Crash Landing on You and Un-Tweeting with Will Hines
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the hit K-drama Crash Landing on You (2019-2020, tvN, Netflix). She talks about the show's intertexts, Kim Soo-hyun's return from his military conscription, the chemistry between Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin, the Korean War, orphans, Pretty Woman, and how this show turns gender tropes on its head. Grace is then joined by Los Angeles-based comedian and actor Will Hines (@williebhines) who you've seen on Brooklyn 99, Between Two Ferns, Broad City and loads of other shows and films. They discuss Will's book How to Be the Greatest Improviser on Earth, Twitter, cancel culture, "calling in," and why so many actors follow Eastern religion. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss My Mister (2018, tvN, Netflix).
1:16:06
January 25, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep 3: What Happened in Bali & Voodoo Handj*bs with Erik Escobar
In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses a 2004 SBS winter classic What Happened in Bali starring So Ji-sub, Jo In-sung and Ha Ji-won. She links the young working-class female protagonist in K-dramas to its origins in modern Korean "factory girl" literature from the 1920s and through the Korean industrialization period from both the pre and post-Korean War eras. Grace is then joined by Los Angeles-based comedian guest Erik Escobar (@erikescobar). They discuss Erik's 100-pound weight loss, decolonization through food, and the benefits of graduate school. Erik gives some hilarious answers to Grace's What Happened in Bali flashcard questions. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss Crashlanding on You (Netflix, 2019-2020)!
1:02:19
January 18, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep 2: Goblin/Guardian and Huevos Rancheros with Lizzy Cooperman
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the 2016/2017 "mega-hit" show by Kim Eun-sook called Goblin or Guardian: The Lonely and Great God which she contextualizes against the backdrop of the Sewol Ferry tragedy and other ghost/supernatural K-drama narratives. Grace then has a chat with comedian Lizzy Cooperman (@lizzycooperman) who you've seen on HBO's Crashing and Lights Out with David Spade. Her album Organism is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and GooglePlay. They talk about New Mexico, George RR Martin, huevos rancheros, and re-freezing ice cream. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss What Happened in Bali (SBS, 2004).
58:13
January 11, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep 1: SKY Castle and Korean Siestas with Tobias Hauser
Welcome to episode 1 of K-Drama School podcast! Meet your host Grace Jung (comedian and PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA) who is here to school you in Korean dramas every week followed by an interview with a guest comedian or scholar. [Spoiler Alert] In this episode, Grace analyzes the hit JTBC show SKY Castle (2018), the Korean school system, suicides, helicopter parenting, Christianity and decoloniality with her sidekick Julieta Degese (@dgcjulieta). Berlin-based Austrian comedian Tobias Hauser (@hahahouser) is the special guest. They discuss original sin, Newton's laws of motion, maple syrup fetish and high kicks by Christina Baranski. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss Goblin or Guardian: The Lonely and Great God!
1:30:56
January 1, 2021