K-drama series – An overview of the key features and popularity of Korean dramas

Korean dramas (“K-dramas”) are typically mini-series TV dramas of 16-24 episodes each.  While there are a variety of genres of K-dramas, the key ones are romantic melodrama, romantic comedy and historical drama. K-dramas are definitely a key driving force of the Korean Wave (a term referring the popularity of Korean pop culture) which has swept the world.  There are a lot of Korean culture lovers who are attracted to the Korean culture by the K-dramas, and I’m one of them. Continue reading

Evolution of K-pop Series – 2000’s and beyond

In the last blog post, I talked about the K-pop revolution brought by Seo Taiji & Boys who laid the foundation for the modern K-pop and the creation of the first-generation young idol groups in the 1990’s.  From then onwards, K-pop has been designed to target the teenagers.  In this post, I will talk about the 2000’s in which we saw the aggressive large-scale expansion of K-pop to other countries as part of the Korean Wave. Continue reading