13 September, 2016

In Defense of Gender Cross-Dressing in Dramas


Cross-dressing in fiction is a staple, whether it be Shakespeare, Bollywood, or your pick of Asian dramas, and normally takes the form of women dressing up as men. We even see it in western film, though interestingly enough it often takes the form of men dressing up as women, Mrs. Doubtfire being an example, but really it's used as a story device in many cultural traditions (and has been for a long, long, long time). It's used so often that I think that people get tired of it (mostly because it seems so obvious that the person isn't who they claim to be), but let me pose one reason why I think we still need it, and why it won't go away any time soon: societal views on gender.

11 September, 2016

W Isn't Crazy - It's Just Philosophy


What is reality? No I really mean that. What is reality? Is it a sum total of your experiential knowledge, both conscious and unconscious? What are your thoughts/ideas/beliefs about the soul? Is there life after death? Is Harry Potter real? Is Siri real? Is Jane Austen real? I ask these questions because I've seen a lot of people say W is totally crazy, that the writer is just throwing in everything and the kitchen sink, that it doesn't make sense, that it's stupid, that it's become derailed, but then I watch and I think, this is an interesting take on reality and poses interesting questions about self-determination and free-will. Okay, now with that intro, I really want to get back to this question about reality.

11 May, 2016

#StarringJohnCho, Racism, Whitewashing & Reasons to Watch Asian Dramas

Wang Kai
Photo credit: L'Hommes Offciel
This post is probably going to be somewhat long, not about any particular Asian drama, but rather about some heavier topics and some good reasons to watch Asian dramas. It might also ramble in places, but these thoughts have been percolating for a while, and I probably already have several drafts of elements I'll discuss in this post, and well, sometimes when thoughts are buzzing around in my head, it's easier to write them down.

06 May, 2016

Ode to Joy: Pros and Cons, but Mostly the Cons


For those of you whole follow me on social media and on Wang Kai International, you might know I was super excited to see Wang Kai in a new drama, and one that boasted a female-centric storyline. The trailers looked promising, and for the most part, I do enjoy the drama, but there are a few things that are particularly frustrating to me. Note, I have only watched up to episode 22, so there might be things that come to light later on that might skew my opinion, but so far, this is where I stand. (And this post is actually mostly not about Wang Kai ;P)