I will be starting this summer's blogfest with one of my favorite segments, a drama recommendation. Dramas are an internationally popular aspect of broadcast television in many Asian countries. For myself, a Japanese-American, it was through the lens of Japanese television dramas that I was able to practice the language, and experience the culture. This experience, of course, is a sensationalized, possibly warped one, but it most definitely holds cultural relevance. Whenever I meet Japanese students, dramas are one of the first topics I utilize to break the ice.
I recommend dramas here for this reason; television, film, and media, while having a dark side (paparazzi, misinformation, and of course, money and power) is a beautiful thing that connects people on a global level. It allows people to see, and understand the world to an extent that has never been possible in the past. I encourage the the utilization of the resources that technology has brought to us in the process of developing racial identity. This could be both within the growing Asian-American movement, and on an individual level.
Today, I'd like to look at an example of an international phenomenon: remakes between countries. (Note: click on the photos for links)
YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL (미남이시네요) & IKEMEN DESU NE (美男ですね) / HANA YORI DANGO(花より男子) & BOYS OVER FLOWERS (꽃보다 남자)
Today, I'll be looking specifically at the remakes between Japanese and Korean dramas, two of the most popular Asian drama producers. It is fascinating to watch one drama, and then the other. The stories are almost identical, and yet the presentation is completely different. I'll tell you my perceptions of the four dramas I will look at today, but I would enjoy reading any commentary on your impressions. Please leave a comment in the section below, on my Google+ page, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
It is clear that this drama was inspired by a manga-- the comical actions, the cutesy romance, and the impossible situations that come rolling in one after another. Not that this is a bad thing! It is simply a particular, Japanese style.
It's also important to point out that both these original dramas have multiple remakes. Both have Taiwanese remakes, for example. I cannot vouch for them since I have not seen them, but I believe it would be fascinating to view the story through the eyes of yet another Asian culture.
Now, I've written way to much! I must end soon. But first, I'd like to make a couple of announcements about some exciting upcoming events! Firstly, I will be going on multiple trips to Japan this summer, and will be vlogging/blogging the experience all the way through! Secondly, in the next school year I am officially studying abroad! Where to will be a surprise :). Stay tuned for more posts, and thanks for reading!
Until next time,