I’ve also got six articles on this week’s developments in the Park Geun-hye saga, a milestone for convenience stores, nightmare graduate studies interviews, and a recent hit in the hotels and fine dining industry.
- More Park Geun-hye news, roughly in chronological order: “Korea raises its voice,” “Park faces prosecutorial questioning this week,” “Park seen bracing for impeachment,” “Prosecutors Issue Ultimatum for Questioning Park,” “Park moves to resume state affairs, despite probe and rally,” and “Chung illegally admitted to Ewha.”
- “Number of convenience stores surpass 30,000.” Google says there are over 50 million people in South Korea, so that’s approximately one convenience store per 1,666 people, if I’m doing my math right. Huh. Well, I guess that’s not too out of the ordinary–I grew up in towns around that size, and they had at least one convenience store each. None of them included financial or delivery services, though, unless you counted an ATM.
- “606,000 students take college entrance exam.” Honestly, none of my AP tests nor the ACT were anywhere near as brutal as this exam sounds.
- “Korean anti-graft law impacts hotels, fine dining.” Remember that anti-corruption law about gifts and meals? Now that it has gone into effect, some hotels and high-end restaurants have seen a sharp decline in patrons.
- “Grad School Interview, Marked by Oppression.” One student shares her horrific grad school interview, where the male professors (among other things) called her ugly, questioned whether she would drop out when she got married, and belittled her desire to go abroad.
- “‘The Legend Of The Blue Sea’ Stays On Top Of Ratings, ‘Oh My Geum Bi’ Gathers More Viewers.” Compared to the recent drama landscape, LotBS is doing quite good with 16.4% and 15.1% ratings for its first two episodes. Will it be able to stay in that range or even go higher?
- “Korean film ‘Master’ presold to 31 countries.” Fans of Kim Woo-bin, Lee Byung-hun, and Kang Dong-won, you may be able to watch their new film in your country! U.S. fans, check your local theaters in December, when Master will make its first international appearance.
- “Lee Jong Suk and Suzy to headline upcoming drama While You Sleep.” This is a double reunion for writer Park Hye-ryun, who wrote I Hear Your Voice and Dream High. Even if I didn’t already love these three people, I would definitely check it out since it is the heroine with the cool/(in)convenient supernatural ability. I’m excited for this one.
- “New Mystery Plane Crash Drama Confirms Additional Cast Members And Holds Script Reading.” Missing Nine has snagged itself more supporting cast members, and script readings are underway. Best of luck with your January 2017 premier.