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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Aftermath of the college entrance exam

Article: Mothers of high school seniors... "Breaks my heart seeing my daughter cry every day"

Source: News 1 via Naver

Highlights from the article:

- Parents of students unanimously agree, "We need to teach our students that failing the test does not mean they've failed their lives"

- "It breaks my heart seeing my daughter cry every day. For a year, she's only been sleeping 4~5 hours a night and studying on a set schedule but her grades weren't as good as she had hoped. She's nervous about not getting into her college and crying every day."

- Upon hearing that her daughter had made a few mistakes on a subject meant to be easy, "I'm honestly upset since we made a set of notes together on problems she got wrong and spent a lot of time on the subject. It's the mother who's been watching their kid suffer by their side this whole time, isn't it?"

- Some parents visit several seminars on the college entrance exams. "Information is the most important thing when planning for college entrance. I figured attending seminars would help more than browsing the internet."

- "It frustrated me to know that a friend who lives in Gangnam was providing her kids with tutoring that cost $3,500 per subject. It doesn't seem right." / "There are a lot of after school academies in Seoul but it's not the case in the suburbs. I feel sorry that I'm not able to provide for my kids what other cans." / "It costs a lot of money to take practice tests but the money's nothing when my kid is working towards his dream. I see on the news of kids in Seoul taking special lessons and it breaks my heart seeing my own kid having to study on his own."

- On her own student having to retake the exam next year, "There were many days where she had to go to the emergency room from severe stress. She's so sensitive to it so it makes me worried knowing that she has to endure another year of that. She wants to retake it but it's hard for me to accept it."

- "There's a saying in our country that if your kid is a test taker, the parents are too."

- "The minute our kids enter high school, they're put under extreme pressure that eats away at their self esteem. It's important that they don't feel that way in their home environment. It's important that we show them that there are things to do in society that doesn't require college and that failing to get into college doesn't mean you've failed life."


1. [+12,154, -1,423] Their kids will have a lot more to cry about in the future anyway

2. [+10,382, -1,020] This article is just showing what a mess our education system is

3. [+8,193, -285] Find strength, kids. This is only the beginning.

4. [+6,123, -302] Kids, find strength! Everything will be fine.

5. [+6,907, -3,054] Let's abolish the college entrance exam. It's killing our kids.

6. [+978, -52] As someone who's lived life longer than you, let me give you a word of advice. It's not over just because you got into college. College is a step, not a destination.

7. [+908, -22] Hypocritical when it's the same people who taught our kids that failing the exam means failing their life ㅡㅡ

8. [+742, -18] Getting into a good college isn't the end all. That's when the real hardship begins. Parents need to help their kids be independent.

9. [+356, -14] Why must the exam decide the course of life...

10. [+341, -62] These students are weak ㅋㅋㅋ Sure getting into college is hard but getting a job is just as hell ㅋㅋㅋ

11. [+246, -26] Makes me feel lucky to have a son who literally failed every subject of his exam and while I was worried about his self esteem, I watched him download Fifa and play all the games he's missed and go hang out with his friends and sing at karaokes ㅎㅎㅎㅎ


Americans surveyed on the popularity of Korean dramas

Article: Korean dramas 'popular' in America... wide range of viewers

Source: Yonhap News via Naver

Survey completed done by the American headquarters of Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) revealed the following results: 2,304 participants said they had watched a Korean drama with English subtitles at least once in America.

16~20 years old: 35.9%
20~25 years old: 22.6%
46 and older: 10.3%
26~30 years old: 9.9%
21~35 years old: 6.7%

Asian (Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, etc): 29%
Hispanic: 18.9%
African: 9%
Korean: 4.4%

Service used:
Dramafever: 55.7%
Viki: 25.7%
Hulu: 4.2%
Netflix: 1.7%

Years spent watching Korean dramas:
Over 3 years: 59.2%
1~3 years: 28.5%
6 months~1 year: 7.4%

Favorite genre:
Romantic comedy: 72%
Melo: 12.9%
Historical: 6.9%
Crime/Action: 6.6%

Favorite top dramas:
Boys Over Flowers
You Who Came From the Stars
Secret Garden
Coffee Prince
Master's Sun


1. [+2,706, -21] So basically only Asian Americans are watching

2. [+1,987, -43] These articles are so misleading. Just looking at the results show that it's mostly Asian Americans. There aren't any white people watching and barely any black people either. How does that make Korean dramas popular??? I bet the only ones watching are Korean gyopos or students studying abroad.

3. [+1,387, -15] I don't think Korean dramas are popular ㅋㅋㅋ It's mostly students studying abroad, immigrants, or Asian Americans watching...

4. [+1,034, -26] Boys Over Flowers isn't really a Korean drama... it's a remake ㅎㅎ

5. [+766, -24] Well American dramas are popular in Korea with a wide range of viewers too

6. [+79, -3] I never believe articles that say K-Pop is popular in America... same goes for Korean dramas.

7. [+78, -5] America is mainly white and black people and they have high quality dramas like Modern Family, Dexter, the Game of Thrones, the Big Bang Theory, HIMYM, CSI, etc... why would they bother watching Korean dramas with nothing but love plots.

8. [+58, -2] Honestly, Korean society and culture are so different from America... you can see that our cultures don't connect with the fact that a Korean movie has never made a hit in America.

9. [+54, -3] ㅋㅋㅋ They have high quality American dramas, why would they bother watching Korean dramas? Korean dramas really need to step it up with the diversity... like Misaeng.

10. [+47, -4] I bet it's only the gyopos and students studying abroad watching


Cube to release special cover of B2ST's '12:30'

Article: Who will cover B2ST's '12:30', to be released on the 24th

Source: OSEN via Naver

1. [+1,289, -46] It's B2ST's 5th anniversary song, I don't feel comfortable with someone else covering it...;;

2. [+1,136, -44] It's a song that's supposed to be a gift for fans for their 5th anniversary, though..

3. [+1,132, -74] Who is even capable of pulling the song off if not B2ST?

4. [+952, -37] Seriously, is Cube not reading these reactions?

5. [+900, -36] Can they just release a repackaged album for B2ST... ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

6. [+258, -11] I hate the fact that another singer is singing a 5th anniversary song specifically made for fans. Junhyung spent nights up writing this song for us, why are they doing this?

7. [+252, -7] Junhyung spent nights up composing this song for B2ST's 5th anniversary. I can't believe they're going to have that new Cube girl group sing it ㅋㅋㅋ

8. [+238, -6] Cube, please wake up... It pisses me off to even think of someone else singing a B2ST song, let alone their 5th anniversary specifically for their fans. It's been barely a month since the song was released.

9. [+224, -9] Whoever ends up covering it, it's going to be hard to beat the original...

10. [+214, -10] Never saw B2UTIES as mad as they were yesterday... 270,000 B2UTIES getting mad all at once, even I got scared... Cube is so hopeless lately.


Hi Suhyun win #1 on 'Inkigayo'

Article: Hi Suhyun win #1 on 'Inkigayo', "Thank you to our CEO for creating this unit"

Source: Mydaily via Naver

1. [+2,789, -328] As expected, SBS chooses YG

2. [+2,611, -393] Inkigayo only gives out awards to YG ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+2,355, -402] Why does Inkigayo only award YG ㅋㅋ Guess that's why YG artists only perform on Inkigayo;

4. [+2,232, -619] Thought Kyuhyun would win... even the MCs looked surprised... ㅋ Anyway, congratulations

5. [+1,950, -812] Shouldn't Kyuhyun have won #1 no matter what? How does Hi Suhyun beat Kuyhyun in digital + physical points?

6. [+515, -65] Can't believe AOA was even nominated. Why not Toy?

7. [+431, -122] I get that they like YG but they're so biased... ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

8. [+382, -91] Don't understand how they won... what happened to Kyuhyun's points?

9. [+391, -101] YG Gayo ㅋㅋㅋ

10. [+346, -80] Thought it'd be Kyuhyun...


Same Old: Jessica

Article: "520 = I love you" ... Jessica sends love message to Chinese fans

Dispatch via Naver

1. [+11,254, -658] Aigoo~ meaningless ㅋㅋㅋ she only cares about her Chinese fans... are her Korean fans not her fans anymore? ㅋㅋㅋ

2. [+10,369, -562] So much suffering just to sell a few sunglasses..

3. [+9,006, -688] Look at her begging the Chinese like this after leaving SNSD and failing... I feel sad for her ㅠㅠ

4. [+8,021, -500] Trying so hard to keep her Chinese fans...

5. [+1,044, -39] All I read this as is "Please buy my sunglasses >_< I left SNSD for this, I'm in trouble if this fails~"... But then again, I guess it's better to aim for the Chinese market than anywhere else.

6. [+863, -40] Hey, don't forget that it's Korea who has made you who you are today. Without Korea, you'd be nothing.


Source: Nate

1. [+456, -42] She pisses me off the more I see her. She doesn't care at all about her Korean fans. What does she expect by doing all this for her Chinese fans on Weibo? What is she even thinking...

2. [+249, -31] She's being coached by her boyfriend. There's no way she would've known about '520' on her own because it's an anniversary code that Chinese couples use. Like we use 100 days, Chinese couples use 520 days... What's really sly about Jessica is that after public sentiment in Korea turned against her, she hasn't said a word to Korean fans.

3. [+76, -12] When Tiffany and Hyoyeon were on 'Jessica & Krystal', they stayed quiet and put up with Jessica dragging Tyler Kwon everywhere.

4. [+32, -15] Wow, she's such a fox ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

5. [+26, -8] Really don't hope to see Jessica in Korean articles anymore