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November 28, 2005

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Jim

Loose sexual behavior is not a western novelty in Japan. It was the norm in Heian Japan. That was a long time ago but cultural influences have been permanent.

I like Korean drama because the characters tend to be down-to-earth people and they do put their business very much in the street. The comparison to Americans is a little stretched - in most of America that kind of directness will get you branded as either a jerk or a drama queen, or shot. "Seinfeld" is only representative of a subculture, if that even. But it's fun if it's on screen instead of in person.

Abiola Lapite

"Loose sexual behavior is not a western novelty in Japan. It was the norm in Heian Japan. That was a long time ago but cultural influences have been permanent."

I wouldn't use the loaded term "loose" myself - it suggests a disapproval I certainly don't share - but even acknowledging that Japan's sexual norms have never been as confining as those of mainland Asia, I *still* think there's been a substantial expansion of what's considered acceptable over the last century: reading about the Yoshiwara or going through the writings of, say, Tanizaki, it's pretty clear that a lot of activities today's kogals and OLs might take for granted would have been seen as outright scandalous back then.

"in most of America that kind of directness will get you branded as either a jerk or a drama queen, or shot."

Not in Noo Yoik it won't!

radek

They've also been churning out some really great movies lately - just saw "Save The Green Planet" and ummm, that one's definetly a genre-buster that will screw with your mind, in a good way. This isn't even to mention cross over successes like "Old Boy"

odocoileus

The Americans? No. The Koreans are the Irish of Asia. Always spoiling for a good fight.

Preetam Rai

I find it odd that they never tried to sell the Korean Dramas in India. With the recurring nasty mother-in-law and suffering daughter-in-law theme they will surely find lots of fans. Last I heard, Korean drama were big hit on Burmese state tv. In China most of my younger <20 friends finds them too sentimental and dragging while the older people like them.

Jim

"going through the writings of, say,
Tanizaki,"

Things move in cycles. Tanizaki was writing after a century of rigor and effort and modernization and industrialization. Try the Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, if only for the fun of reading millenium-old gossip.

"Not in Noo Yoik it won't!"

I rest my case. America starts at the Hudson.

The equivalent in the States is those great Venezuelan telenovelas. They are real pulpy, but part of a well-blalnced diet.

"I find it odd that they never tried to sell the Korean Dramas in India. "

You have to have a huge nerve to try to break into the Indian market. Was/is it protected by local content laws or something similar?

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