The Korean Wave

1765 WordsSep 10, 20118 Pages
Trending Worldwide: Korean Wave Rosanna Danica B. Maguad TRENDING WORLDWIDE: KOREAN WAVE Unlike in the past, Philippine Media is now a combination of various Asian entertainments. It imports TV series and movies from neighboring Asian countries. Imported movies are then dubbed in Filipino and streamed in our country. ABS-CBN, one of the top TV stations in the country, started to explore foreign TV series last 2003. This was “Meteor Garden,” a Taiwanese drama series. Because of the boom of the said series, GMA 7, a rival of ABS-CBN, made the same move. They also brought in various teleseryes from other Asian countries. They were the first one to air Korean dramas. Although, both stations tried Japanese, Thailand, and Taiwanese series,…show more content…
Korean Towns brought by Korean diaspora in the Philippines provided additional jobs for Filipinos. Also, Koreans seek to learn English in Philippines. Since the Philippines is an English-speaking country, anyone could teach basic English to them. As the interest in Korean wave continues, the discrimination of zainichi or the Korean residents in Japan decreases. Zainichi have closer affinity to Japan than Korea because they were born and raised there. However, they are still discriminated for being non-Japanese national. But when the Korean culture started to trend, the zainichis are now more appreciated. There is even a Zainichi character who starred in a Japanese television (Brasor, 2004). Negative effects and criticisms accompanied continuing success of Korean wave. One of these is the rise of “Korean Tribe.” This term refers to Korean wave followers who are wanna-be of their favorite Korean stars. Most of them are women. They would imitate the fashion, hairstyles, make-up, gestures or even all the way up in having plastic surgeries (“The Korean Wave”, n.d.). In the article “South Korea Culture Wave Spreads across Asia” written by Louisa Lim, Dr. Chung Jong Pil pointed out that there is 30% increase of foreigners who went to Korea to undergo plastic surgery. He added that these are mostly Chinese and Japanese who wanted to make their looks more like
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