Favorite Dramas: Answer Me 1997 (2012)

“It was fiery and pure, the time I long for. Do you hear me? If you hear me, answer, my ’90s Me.”

Answer Me 1997 is a Korean slice-of-life cable drama that follows a group of teens’ last year of high school (and later in 2005 and 2012) and how they transition from youth to adulthood. It’s funny and sometimes heartwarming and gets the ache of unrequited love so well. While I missed some context due to Netflix’ blurring various things and not actually knowing what happened in South Korea in the 90s, a lot of the show is very relatable.

Strong Woman Bong Soon is one of 2017`s most popular Korean dramas that is currently available on Netflix. Do Bong Soon is part of a matrilineal blessing that bestows women with extraordinary strength. It’s part supercute fluffy romance drama, part supercreepy thriller, and a bunch of filler revolving gangsters and whatever. 

Despite the ‘lol gay panic’ and ‘you can’t be a real woman because you’re so strong’, it’s nice to see a male lead be the first to fall in love and to support the heroine. It’s also nice to see a female lead, while strong, still be allowed to be scared and to cry. Park Bo-Young is adorable and an excellent crier and Park Hyung Shik does a really good job being boyfriend material. Their height difference also made things very entertaining to watch.

“You Will Be Tokenized”: Speaking Out About the State of Diversity in Publishing 

Where are we going? I spoke to fifty people across the book world—from emerging and established writers to agents to editors to publicists to critics, from lit mags to MFA programs to mainstream media to small presses to the Big Five publishing houses—in an effort to feel out this answer, as well as document the lived reality of working inside a monoculture.

What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight, white man)

The statistics are unequivocal: Women and minorities are vastly underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. Here, 27 industry players reveal the stories behind the numbers — their personal experiences of not feeling seen, heard or accepted, and how they pushed forward. In Hollywood, exclusion goes far beyond #OscarsSoWhite. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.)

It’s 2016 and it is still a struggle. I am statistically almost halfway through my life and I continue to notice whenever an Asian person shows up in pop culture. I continue to celebrate work that doesn’t continue stereotypes and I continue to hide my hurt whenever it is very clear that people of color are not wanted.

I’ve seen only parts of season one of the 90s Sailor Moon anime so I was intrigued when I heard Sailor Moon Crystal was going to happen.

This was a year where feminism was at the forefront of many things. (Beyonce, the Santa Barbara shootings, GamerGate, Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Prize, the culture regarding the Jian Ghomeshi/Bill Cosby sexual harassment/rape) Here is a reboot of a manga that reminds me of old truths – being a girl is wonderful. “Like a girl” is not an insult. Friendship and love hold a lot of power and they are worth fighting for.


Bojack Horseman episode 2

Bojack Horseman is the kind of show you need 4 episodes to decide whether it’s for you. It’s the kind of show you watch, wondering why you’re watching it and then four hours later, you’re staring at the tv, just going “Damn…” It’s about celebrity and depression and the struggle of how much of the past makes you.

And a ton of animal puns.

See it for both the opening and closing credits of the show. Give it 4 episodes. See what happens.