Million Hits Giveaway Result
I’m happy to announce the winner of Scattered Joonni One Million Hits Giveaway.
Congratulations to RosesML!
I asked for a paragraph on why you watch Korean dramas and how they have changed or not changed your perspective on South Korea (the country, people, or culture).
I have always been fascinated by other peoples and cultures, but I have to say that learning about Korean culture through the medium of Korean dramas has been the most awesome experience. Ever since I began watching these dramas about two years ago and gaining an understanding of this most maddening yet dutiful culture, I have come to appreciate most of its facets. Since then, I have begun to speak the language, emulate the expressions, and mimic the mannerisms. Whether I am picking up my clothes from the neighborhood cleaner’s ajusshi (who knows me as the agasshi) or calling my sisters on the phone (one reassures me that I am the coolest unni, while the other has no idea why I call her “maknae”), the words just naturally play on my lips. I embrace the concept of familial and societal respect, the idea that everyone has his or her place based on age, social standing, or career position. This isn’t a system restricted to the simple titles of “mom,” “dad,” “aunt,” and “uncle,” but one where everyone has a title apropos to his current station. The expressions like “ottoke?,” “chincha?,” and “kenchana” portray emotion and playfulness in ways that terms like, “what am I going to do?” “really?” and “I’m fine” do not. And Koreans, while they carry tremendous respect for elders, tradition, and deference, are not above expressing themselves. From the cranky ajummas to the passive aggressive ajusshis, from the sassy children to the icy chaebols, nearly everyone gets his or her piece in. Despite certain language restrictions, Koreans don’t seem too tame, nor too subdued. They are a frank, proactive, and productive people. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this culture by viewing Korean dramas and following the writing on blogs like yours. Thanks and best of luck in the future!
You will be receiving a U.S.$50 YesAsia gift certificate for all your K-entertainment needs. 😀 I sound like an advertisement.
I will contact you soon to arrange delivery or you can contact me first.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway and also left me some wonderful words of love and encouragement. Lots of love to all!