Girl Groups, Surprise Guests, and Drama News

Hey, it looks like Viki finally uploaded last week’s Lawless Lawyer episodes. I’ll be checking those out once they’re subtitled. If you’re waiting like me, here are some links for you to read instead.

The Park Geun-hye saga: “Top court affirms 3-year term for ex-president’s friend over school favors for her daughter.”

Korean Air scandals: “Korean Air family suspected of illegally hiring Filipino housekeepers,”“Customs officials raid Korean Air over alleged violation of FX laws,”and“Ministry fines Korean Air, Cho for ‘nut rage.'”

Investigations into the Lee Myung-bak government: “No draw needed to watch ex-President Lee’s trial.”

#MeToo: “6 in 10 female employees at judicial bodies experienced sexual violence: ministry,” “YouTube star says she was coerced to pose for pornographic photos,”“Police launch probe into alleged sexual harassment of famous YouTuber,”“Suzy supports sexually harassed YouTuber,”and“Selective justice? Koreans file petition after female suspect gets arrested for leaking nude photo.”

Gwangju Uprising: “Nearly 40 years after Gwangju Uprising, families of missing victims sign up for DNA registration,” “Moon commemorates May 18 Democratization Movement,” “Reenacting history on 38th anniversary of May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement of 1980,” “38 years later, nobody convicted for murder of civilians during Gwangju Massacre of 1980,” “Last Chance to Tell the Truth. Please Find the Person Responsible for the Shooting,” and “Remembering Gwangju.”

“Women gather in rain-soaked Gangnam in memory of murdered woman” and “Women in White Raincoats Gather at Gangnam Station in the Rain, ‘We’re Here to Change the World, Which Remains Misogynist.'” Around 2,000 people attended the protest.

“Why North Korean defectors learn English.” Statements from the defectors about why they’ve chosen to learn English.

“Reports of dating violence double this year: gender ministry.” Reports have more than doubled over the same period last year.

“We’re Speaking, Now Listen.” A compilation of stories/voices/comments from women who attended various rallies, demonstrations, events in South Korea lately about women’s rights, the #MeToo movement, etc.

“‘Deadpool 2’ star Reynolds serenades Korean audience.” Here, have something lighthearted after all the links I just threw you.

“Eighty years of girl group history : Exhibit celebrates the long tradition of female pop music in Korea.” This sounds like an awesome exhibit.

“‘Burning’ sets record high score at Cannes jury grid.” The film got the full four stars from all but two of the judges.

“Lee Yoo Young To Join Yoon Shi Yoon As Female Lead In New SBS Drama.” An age gap in the single digits! Will wonders never cease.

“Shin Hye Sun And Yang Se Jong Confirm Casting In Upcoming SBS Drama.” What the hell is this plot.

“Fantastic love story ‘About Time.'” Lee Seo-won was fired after after being charged with sexual harassment and threatening a female celebrity with a weapon. Good job, production folks.

“Running Man’s Song Ji Hyo to star in action thriller Enraged Bull.” Not the role I’d hoped for her when I heard “action thriller,” but hey, get all the monies.

“Seo Ji Hoon To Fight Yoon Hyun Min For Moon Chae Won’s Love In New Fantasy Drama.” Go for both of them, honestly.

Childcare, Stalkers, and Drama News

This edition of the link roundup isn’t exactly going to restore any of your faith in humanity, but it has just been one of those weeks. In happier news, it looks like DF is going to start airing Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food at the end of the month, and so long as they’re available in my region, I’ll probably be checking out Secret Mother and Lawless Lawyer. We’ll see!

Korean air scandals: “A Special Response Team to Block the ‘Smuggling Route’ of Korean Air” and “Immigration officials raid Korean Air in connection with alleged illegal employment.”

Investigations into the Lee Myung-bak government: “Lee Myung-bak requests for first corruption trial to take place in his absence.”

Lifting the Sewol ferry: “Fallen Sewol set upright.”

“Why young Koreans refuse to marry.” Unsurprisingly, economic issues feature heavily.

“Childcare centers habitually reject children of immigrant mothers.” *snarls at these assholes*

“Feminism is Taboo in S. Korea’s Gaming Industry.” Can everything just be set on fire and then rebuilt?

“Government Cracks Down on Stalkers.” Now if only this sticks and is enforced…

“Over 9,000 victims suffered from past governments’ blacklists of artists.” Yikes, I hadn’t realized the number was that high.

“INFINITE’s Sungkyu to Join Army.” Come back safely!

“Ha Ji-won signs on for sci-fi reality series.” That description threw me, but it sounds interesting?

“Get ready for Something in the Rain (Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food) with these Son Ye Jin dramas.” IT IS FINALLY COMING TO DF, IT HAD BETTER BE AVAILABLE IN MY REGION.

“‘Secret Mother’ to draw attention on Korean education.” Now if only I’ll be able to watch it…

“Memories of Alhambra confirms Hyun Bin & Park Shin Hye casting.” …I’m not sure how I feel about this.

“Moon Chae Won Joins Cast Of Modern Fantasy Drama Starring Yoon Hyun Min.” I feel better about this one.

Motherhood, Children’s Day, and Drama News

Things aren’t going too hot for the Korean Air family, and mothers get the short end of the stick. Also, cult stuff maybe?

The Inter-Korean Summit Meeting: “Peace on Land and Sea: Will the Demilitarized Zone Be ‘Demilitarized’?” “Residents near North Korean border relieved at removal of propaganda loudspeakers,” “Panmunjeom Declaration implementation committee holds inaugural meeting at Blue House,” and “More than half of S. Koreans trust NK willingness for denuclearization.”

Korean Air scandals: “Ediya Coffee terminates contract with Korean Air heiresses,” “Prosecution rejects Korean Air heiress’ arrest warrant over alleged assault,” “Cho Hyun-ah, Hyun-min Regularly Smuggled Chocolate and Designer Handbags from Overseas,” and “Korean Air employees hold candlelight vigil against controlling family.”

Investigations into the Lee Myung-bak government: “Ex-president Lee Myung-bak denies all corruption charges in initial hearing.”

“Druking Scandal Shadows Moon Jae-in’s ‘Super Spring.'” A scandal has erupted over the manipulation of comments on Naver, and what responsibility the company has toward the people. (This seems fairly equivalent to all the Facebook stuff that’s been revealed over the last couple months.)

“Police grill Rep. Kim on bribery, manipulation.” This is tied into the Naver comments manipulation scandal.

#MeToo: “Rape apology sought from baduk champion,” “NHRCK Survey Confirms High School Teachers Are Sexually Harassing Their Students,” and “The #MeToo Poem That Brought Down Korea’s Most Revered Poet.”

“Dark side of play for S. Korea’s female game makers.” *screams into the void*

“Unwed single mothers battle against harsh reality.” 83% of single parents in Korea do not receive any child support from the noncustodial parent. 80% of Korean single parents are women.

“Working mothers struggle to meet demands: Balancing duties of home and the office come at a cost.” Working mothers in their 30s spent an average of 174 minutes on leisure activities, while working fathers in their 30s spent 237 minutes.

“Koreans work third-longest hours in OECD.” Mexico and Costa Rica were first and second, respectively.

“Children’s Day: A celebration of childhood.” A brief look at Children’s Day in Korea.

“Military’s ‘glass ceiling’ eliminated in South Korea.” Good.

“‘Suits’ Maintains Lead In Its Time Slot As ‘Switch’ Sees Increase In Viewership Ratings.” You’re so close to double digits!

“My Mister is on vacation this week.” The show will be back on May 9 and 10.

“Jo Jung Suk And YoonA To Unite As Leads Of New Action Film.” His IRL girlfriend is only five months younger than him, why do casting directors keep sticking him with ladies a full decade younger?

“​Evergreen’s Hwang Chan Ho dies of heart attack.” Condolences to his family and friends.

“Lee Si Young And Ji Hyun Woo Confirmed As Leads For MBC Drama.” Do I like you enough to sit through a medical drama?

“K-pop heavyweight Park Jin-young denies preaching for religious cult.” This seems fitting for 2018.

New Eras, Mistranslations, and Drama News

So, just in case you missed it, the big news item this week is the meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un where they signed the Panmunjeom Declaration.

Evading Customs, Memorial Ceremonies, and Drama News

So, that “water rage” incident with the Korean Air chaebol? It has gotten so much bigger than that. Yikes.

Workhouses, Syringes, and Drama News

We’re coming up on the anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking, so there will be even more links about that next week.

Jail Terms, Memorial Stones, and Drama News

The biggest news item, of course, is that Park Geun-hye has been sentenced. Now if only…

Textbooks, Massacres, and Drama News

You know, just a little light reading.

Arrests, Reaction Videos, and Drama News

Spring is (possibly) on the horizon, so that has put me in a chipper mood. Here’s hoping it lasts.

Bones, Game-Fixing, and Drama News

Next week I should be able to return to eight-hour work days, which I hope means I’ll be able to update more regularly. I didn’t think an extra hour a day could kill my productivity outside of work so thoroughly.