During this long year of quarantine for the COVID-19 pandemic, my husband and I discovered the pleasurable “escape” of watching South Korean dramas. Our 14-year-old Grandson is a great BTS fan, and is interested in learning the language, so we were on alert for all things Korean. I don’t remember exactly how we found it, but we watched our first K-drama, enjoyed it immensely, and then continued on from there. For us, it has been a refreshing change of pace from the things we had been watching, a fun connection with our Grandson’s interests, and the discovery of a new interest in Korean culture and history.
That interest lead us both to expand our “escape” by starting to read and learn more about the history and culture of Korea, about which we knew next to nothing. It’s been a lot of fun for us, so I wanted to set up this page on my blog so I can keep track of our Korean learning journey.
Please check back here occasionally to see what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to. The list keeps expanding!
- South Korea 101, by Mancho Soto
- Korea, by Simon Winchester
- Korea: A Very Short Introduction, by Michael J. Seth
- The Birth of Korean Cool, by Euny Hong
- Hanok, The Korean House, by Nani Park and Robert J. Fouser
- Stone House on Jeju Island, by Brenda Paik Sunoo
- A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
- The Kite Fighters, by Linda Sue Park
- The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See
K-DRAMAS we have watched:
- Crash Landing On You (my favorite, so far)
- Misaeng (Hubby’s favorite, so far)
- Stranger 2
- My Mister
- Run On
- Hospital Playlist
- Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
- The Good Detective
- Mr. Sunshine
- Prison Playbook
- Designated Survivor: 60 Days