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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 3: What Happened in Bali & Voodoo Handj*bs with Erik Escobar

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K-Drama School - Ep 9: Full House and a Golden Doodle with Natisha Anderson
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses the hit 2004 drama Full House starring Song Hye-kyo and Rain when they were super young and adorable. Grace breaks down Full House's subtle critique of domestic labor shaped by Korean patriarchy, and how K-drama stars originally got their start in sit-coms. Grace then has a chat with Los Angeles-based actress, comedian and clown Natisha Anderson (@natishaanderson) who you've seen on Lady Dynamite, All That, CSI and Angie Tribeca. They talk about golden doodles, stand-up comedy etiquette, crying inside cars, and murder. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Subscribe to K-Drama School on YouTube. Next week, we discuss Search WWW (2019, tvN).
55:54
March 1, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep 8: My Lovely Sam Soon and Costco Muffins with Ben MacLean
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses My Lovely Sam Soon and its feminist protagonist which marks a shift in female character development for Korean dramas in the early 2000s which were notably different from heroines of 1990s shows. Grace talks about the pressures that Korean women face in society to conform to patriarchal heteronormative standards that determine what is acceptable in terms of weight, looks, and age. Grace then has a chat with Berlin-based Canadian comedian Ben MacLean (ben__maclean) and his past life as a diplomat, seeking a healthier life, and Costco muffins. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss Full House (2004, MBC).
53:59
February 22, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep. 7: The Greatest Love and “A” Minuses with Kimberly Clark
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses The Greatest Love (2011, MBC) written by the Hong sisters. It is a romantic comedy starring Cha Seung-won and Gong Hyo-jin. Grace breaks down the K-pop ecosystem and where variety shows fit into the equation, cradle-rocking-perverts of Korean show business, and Korean models. Grace then chats with comedian guest Kimberly Clark (@clarkkimberlyl) who's been on NBC's Last Comic Standing and Lopez Tonight with George Lopez. They discuss Syracuse's snow, Arizona's state law against a house occupied by solely women, people who hate getting an 'A' minus for a grade, microaggression in the workplace, joke writing advice from Drew Carey and the time she almost met Steve Martin. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss My Lovely Sam Soon (2005, MBC).
59:33
February 15, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep 6: The World of the Married and Getting Stabbed by Your Girlfriend with Dante Chang
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses The World of the Married. She goes into the declining number of South Korea's marriages, increase in divorce, negative stereotypes of single working women, and why Kim Hee-ae is the queen of K-dramas. Grace then has a chat with Los Angeles-based comic Dante Chang (@dantechang) who is originally from DC. They discuss girlfriends who get revenge by stabbing, self-care, emotional health, and violent Asian American and Korean masculinity. Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss The Greatest Love (2011, MBC).
58:28
February 8, 2021
K-Drama School - Ep 5: My Mister and Great Practicality with Erika Ratcliffe
[Spoiler Alert] In this episode of K-Drama School, Grace discusses My Mister (2018, tvN) which stars K-pop starlet IU and Lee Sun-kyun of the Oscar-winning Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (2019). Grace goes into the #MeTooKorea movement's impact on My Mister's initial reception, sonic/auditory voyeurism, female agency, the "spycam" problem in South Korea, and fallen male K-pop stars like Jung Joon-young. Grace then chats with comedian guest Erika Ratcliffe (@erikaratcliffe) about noisy neighbors, school bullies, Japanese television, filmmaking, and what makes a good director.  Follow @KDramaSchool on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Visit kdramachool.com to learn more. Next week, we discuss World of the Married (2020, JTBC).
50:55
February 1, 2021
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).
01:16:06
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)!
01:02:19
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).
58:14
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!
01:30:56
January 1, 2021